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Hammond, Diane. Hannah's Dream. Harper: HarperCollins. 2008. c.336p. ISBN 978-0-06-156825-1. pap. $13.95. F
Verdict: Featuring a cast of endearingly quirky characters (notably, an elephant named Hannah), this charming story enchants and provides a nice balance of lighthearted and poignant moments.
Background: Hammond (Homesick Creek) creates an uplifting tale of a beloved elephant—the sensitive Hannah, brought from Burma by the Max L. Biedelman Zoo. The partially blind elephant has been the star attraction of the ailing small-town zoo for 40 years, and now the zoo is undergoing a revival under a new director. The elephant’s aging caretaker, Sam, and Neva, the newest hire, only want the best for Hannah. Will that mean staying in the zoo or leaving for an elephant utopia?—Sarah E. Myers, Red Feather Lakes Community Lib., CO