The White Bone

Paperback | March 13, 2007

byBarbara Gowdy

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Traumatized in the wake of an attack by ivory poachers, a herd of elephants sets out for A Safe Place, guided by Mud, a young elephant cow blessed with visionary powers. The White Bone is a classic quest story made dazzling and audaciously original, as the elephants struggle for their own lives and the continuation of their kind.

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Traumatized in the wake of an attack by ivory poachers, a herd of elephants sets out for A Safe Place, guided by Mud, a young elephant cow blessed with visionary powers. The White Bone is a classic quest story made dazzling and audaciously original, as the elephants struggle for their own lives and the continuation of their kind.

Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of twenty-six books that have been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. A former contributing editor of Time and senior editor of People, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including Life magazine, the New York Times, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.88 inPublished:March 13, 2007Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0006474896

ISBN - 13:9780006474890

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and sad At first I was put off by the long glossary of terms at the start of the book. I was worried I'd have to flip back and forth constantly to even understand the story, but I didn't. I checked a few words, but most of them were obvious, and the book proved to be a stunning and beautiful read. You really get into the characters. The book seems well researched, and I learned about the emotional lives of elephants. It's also a testament to why we need to halt poaching and development of land all over the world. We're having a book-exchange at work, and I'm buying this book for everyone.
Date published: 2012-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very unique Mud is an orphaned elephant who is separated from her family and is adopted by the She-S herd. As Mud is coming into her adulthood, the elephant domain is going through one of the worst droughts in history. As the elephants meet at a watering hole, many are killed by ivory poachers. The elephants that do escape alive are separated. Mud is stuck with a small group from her adoptive family as they try to find other family members and search for the white bone, which has the power to tell all elephants where to find the second safe place, where there is water and lush vegetation where elephants will be safe. This book is very unique in that it's told from the elephant's perspective. They can communicate as humans do through their own language but they have other means of communicating as well. They can send out infrasonic waves and each family has a mind reader. The mind reader of the family can communicate to other species, which is useful when trying to find water during a drought. I've never read a book where the main characters are elephants. Despite being so different, the human emotions of each elephant draws the reader in quickly. I enjoyed how the elephants were named according to their family name and their prominent character traits. Each elephant lived up to their name! I was quite surprised to find that the author is a Canadian author living in Toronto! I wonder how much research she had to do about elephants before writing this book.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Perspective from an elephant This story is told from the prospective of a group of elephants. Mud is a young female elephant orphaned at birth but blessed with visionary powers. She and her fellow elephants are forced to remain at a watering hole by drought. There, the herd is ambushed by a group of ivory poachers and decimated. They then set out to find the White Bone which will lead them to the Safe Place, an Eden for elephants. Although a little difficult to follow at first the reader is quickly brought into the elephant lingo and lore. Though visions, memories and other gifts the elephants start on an odyssey of pain, suffering, endurance and hopefully ultimately, joy. I loved this book and was swept up into caring and hoping for the best for these incredible creatures.
Date published: 2010-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Really impressive, this novel stayed with me and called me back for a second read. If you're at all familiar with the plight of Africa's elephants and the incredibly difficult efforts to overcome poaching and protect the vital species, this book really personalizes that general knowledge, and does so uniquely from the elephants' perspective. Touching, moving, distressing, amusing, bleak but faintly hopeful, this book deserves your attention.
Date published: 2008-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I liked this book. I read it years ago and it sticks out in my mind. I find it interesting that the entire book is from the point of view of these elephants. There is no human commentary at all and I found that very different from other books. It was definately worth a read. I have given it as a gift to friends and they have also enjoyed it.
Date published: 2004-01-21

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