Saturday, July 05, 2014

Small as an Elephant

Small as an ElephantSmall as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another book about elephants, but really, this book is about a young boy named Jack who has a very dysfunctional mother. The story opens with Jack and his mom on a camping trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. When Jack wakes up on the first morning, his mother is gone. She has left him all alone at a campsite, and we learn that she has done crazy things like this in the past. He loves his mother, and so will not report this to the police, but actually tries to find her. I could not put this book down, because I was fascinated with how Jack managed to be on his own for a few days, trying to make his way back to the Boston area, and his apartment. It is also a story about mental illness, and how children suffer as a result of parents not seeking medical help.

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