Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived (Paperback)

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Dagny's Staff Pick (July 2014): Every now and then a book comes along that offers the yin and yang of life. Modoc does that. This story of a boy who was born on the same day and the same hour as the elephant he will dedicate his life to. This book celebrates the beauty of living creatures and the dedication and loyalty that can result from training through love and understanding instead of pain. Such as we have all experienced, where there is good, there is also evil and both Modoc, the circus elephant and his trainer suffer their share of horror, pain and grief, this book will have you pondering the ways of the world and make you want to give your pet and extra hug and a kiss. This book was published in 1997, but is a timeless story that will make you cheer and make you cry.

— From Dagny's Staff Picks


Spanning several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again; through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City.

Modoc is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060929510
ISBN-10: 0060929510
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 26th, 1998
Pages: 352
Language: English