The Magician’s Elephant is a charming story filled with magic and hope. Although a bouquet of lilies is all a visiting magician intends to create, instead he produces the most magnificent magic of his career. When an elephant mysteriously “appears,” many lives are forever altered. Peter, a young orphaned boy, has been told by a fortune teller that an elephant is the only solution to his problem. Madam LaVaughn, crippled by the elephant, must overcome her fury. Another orphan named Adele tries to interpret her elephant-filled dreams. Desiring to be the center of attention herself, the narcissistic countess Quintet tries to find a way to exploit the elephant. When finally the elephant brings everyone together, they may just find what they are all wishing for. The characters are wonderfully constructed in this heartwarming brief novel. DiCamillo writes with her typical flowing style in this captivating fable about the power of love and hope.