Hannah's Dream, Paperback Book
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An elephant never forgets...This is the story of Hannah the elephant and her soon-to-be-retired keeper, Samson Brown.

For forty-one years Hannah has been held in captivity at a dilapidated zoo, with Sam's company the one thing keeping her going.

Sam's terrified what will happen to Hannah when he's gone, so rejoices when elephant expert Neva Wilson arrives on the scene.

But can she dream? Neva quickly discovers what Sam already knows: that despite their loving care, Hannah's isolation and worsening health could be her undoing.

So together they hatch a plan, to send Hannah to an elephant sanctuary - just as the zoo's spiteful director launches a campaign that spotlights Hannah as the main attraction, intricately tying Hannah's future to the fate of the zoo.


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I love books about elephants so this one was right up my street. It tells the story of Hannah, an elephant who has lived in the Max L Biedelman zoo for 41 years, with no contact with other elephants. She has a devoted keeper in Samson Brown, who has been with her all the time she has been at the zoo, and he and his wife absolutely adore Hannah. However, Sam isn't in good health and needs to retire but won't leave Hannah at the zoo on her own so a plan is hatched to get her into an elephant sanctuary. The director of the zoo isn't pleased about this as Hannah is her biggest attraction.This is a lovely story. It's quite sugary at times (in a Fannie Flagg kind of way) but I really enjoyed it. Hannah is a lovely elephant and Sam's love for her shines through in the story. It's a heartwarming tale and I gave an 'aah' at the end.

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