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The Elephant's Tale (Animal Healer #4)

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Martine and her grandmother discover that they might lose Sawubona, their African game reserve, to the sinister Reuben James. But a prophecy from Grace rouses Martine and her best friend, Ben, into action. To find the truth and save the reserve, Martine and Ben must stow away in an airplane, which strands them in the desert, thwart Mr. James?s creepy henchman, and rescue a ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Dial (first published August 6th 2009)
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Even though the fourth book in this series around Martine, a child who has special powers to heal animals, follows a similar pattern as the previous titles, it was still a real pleasure to read the book. I asked myself what attracted me still so much to these books. I guess it is mainly the many interesting facts about Southern Africa, its countries, peoples and animals, that are gently woven into each of the stories, which really keep me reading. In the first book it was all about South Africa ...more
So far this book is really good, there's a really evil guy who's coming to take over the game reserve and now Gwen is going to England to try to find a will that will save the reserve.
The fourth and possibly final book in this wonderful series by Lauren St. John about a young girl with special powers to heal living on a wildlife reserve in South Africa. This one sees her and her best friend Ben, stealing away to Namibia to try to prevent an unscrupulous man from stealing her beloved home, Sawubono, out from under her and her feisty grandmother. Action packed.
Elizabeth Blackwell
The Elephant's Tale by:Lauren St. John, is a amazing tale about a girl who can heal animals! And saves an elephant herd from pochers. Even riskes her own life and her friend'sto save the animalsshe loves in her home of South Africa!
This book is the fourth in the series by Lauren St. John. I loved the first one, The White Giraffe. I was hooked by the thought of someone having a connection to animals and there seemed to be a little bit of magic or mystique to the story. It was sad to think that this young girl would lose her parents and then go live with a grandmother that seems a little cold, but the story line works for the premise that this young girl has felt enough pain and loss that she would be emotionally practiced e ...more
Tina Peterson
The Elephant's Tale has a powerful message about endangered animals and the cruelty of poachers and greed. Beginning with the arrival of Reuben James, Martine has a nagging feeling that he is a bad man up to no good and she's certain of it when after he leaves she discovers that he has come with a will that he says her Grandfather signed before he died leaving him the sole beneficiary of the preserve. Giving almost 12 year old Martine and her Grandmother 2 weeks to pack and say goodbye to their ...more
I have throughly enjoyed this entire series and am saddened that it has ended. Of the four books in this series, the second is the only one that I didn't really care for that much.

The Elephant's Tale is a stunning conclusion for this series, even though I feel that it continue with more adventures for Martine and Ben, as hinted at in the book it's self. The message in this book, as well as the other three, is wonderful and meaningful. The love of nature and wildlife that the two leads demonstar
I loved this series with The White Giraffe and Dolphin Song being my two favs! Otis a great series for upper elementary and anybody with a heart for animals and imagination. MARTINE IS LIKE A YOUNG DR. DOOLITTLE.
Amazing one and so sad to say farewell to such a lovely series :(
Sreeda Vemuri
Martine and her grandmother feel that they might lose their game reserve, Sawubona, because of a clause in her grandfather's will. Martine(car driver) hears a prophecy that tells her: "The elephants will lead you to the truth," Martine and Ben stow away in an airplane, get stuck in the desert, and help a group of elephants escape from a horrible prison. Along the way, Martine learns the truth about Sawubona, and the dramatic truth about her mysterious powers with animals and where it will take h ...more
St John does it again. This time, Martine's journey leads her to Namibia, where she must be persistent to save the elephants. Ben, her best friend, is with her along the way as they encounter a few "bad guys" that want to ruin everything that is beautiful about Namibia.

great story, perfect pacing, realistic dialogue, plenty of cultural additions, moving and realistic. st john is really one of the best authors for this age group around!!!! highly suggest this one, especially for kids 8 and up.
This is the 4th book and conclusion in the Legend of the Animal Healer series...The White Giraffe, Dolphin Song, The Last Leopard and The Elephant's Tale. All books are full of adventure and danger and great for animal lovers, mystery lovers and future environmentalists.
I think this is my least favorite of the four books in this series, but I still really enjoyed it and for the most part like where St. John left things with Martine and Ben and Sawubona. Definitely a very fun series for young animal lovers!
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Ruth Learn
Jun 23, 2014 Ruth Learn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like animals
Recommended to Ruth by: Isabella Marshall
This series was pretty good. I must say, the ending of this one was abrupt though. It just kind of happened and the book was over. However I love St. John's descriptions of animals, and I love Khan (and Jemmy)
I really enjoyed Elephants tale.:)It is all about a girl who saves a game reserve and helps to heal animals. Very good.:P
Mti Librarian
Good, but a bit preachy. I really liked the details and descriptions of Namibia and South Africa.
it's sad that it was the last in the series but just as great as the last leopard.
We enjoyed this book - the third in the series. Great series.
i was confused in parts of this book but i loved it anyway
Really like this series and this author.
Was as good as the first!
absolutely amazing
Ionie Hudson
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