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

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Raised together in a small German circus town, Modoc, the elephant, and Bram, his faithful boyhood companion and later trainer, formed a bond that lasted their entire lives. It was an extraordinary friendship that was tested time and again until, in the late 1930s, after years of adventure, they made their voyage to America. It was there that they finally reached international stardom as a major circus headline act. But their story was not over. Modoc was sold behind Bram's back and vanished for more than 20 years. What followed was a heart-wrenching, astonishing series of events that will have all who read this unforgettable book riveted to every page, utterly in love with Modoc, the greatest elephant that ever lived.
-- Film rights have been sold to Dan Melnick (producer of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Kramer vs. Kramer).
-- Foreign rights were sold in Germany, Italy, Holland, France, Finland, and Japan.

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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.

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Spanning seven 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.

About the Author

Ralph Helfer is a well-known Hollywood animal trainer who was one of the first to use affection and kindness to train wild animals. He is the author of The Beauty of the Beasts, and he lives in Los Angeles and Kenya, where he leads safari tours.

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ARDOROSA4, January 16, 2013 (view all comments by ARDOROSA4)
A true story where even through trials and tribulations there is respect for our fellow creatures and our planet and good people win over bad, unlike the scary world we live in today.
A heartwarming true story about one of our fellow creatures where love and kindness win over evil, mankind realizes that other creatures are very intelligent, social, kind and need the love and affection of others.
Well written and moving,I couldn't put the book down.
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Melinda Griffith, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Griffith)
This is the 4th elephant book I have read and it is far and away the best. This story is bordering on so unbelievable, so compelling,so chilling and so thought provoking on animal intelligence, you find yourself unable to begin a new book as your thoughts keep going back to this story.
I was trashed for almost a month; only reading periodicals and such as I could not put the thoughts of Modoc's adventures out of my mind. A wonderful recommendation from my son as a 'must read' that I pass along to others to revel,cry and rejoice in!
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Doreen, January 16, 2012 (view all comments by Doreen)
Best "Feel Good" book of the year! I had enjoyed his first book "The Beauty of the Beasts", so I knew his writing style. It is a wonderful testament to the human animal bond.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060929510
Subtitle:
The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
Author:
Helfer, Ralph D.
Author:
Helfer, Ralph D.
Author:
by Ralph Helfer
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Circus
Subject:
Elephants
Subject:
Circus animals
Subject:
Modoc
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Modoc (Elephant)
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
19980826
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.34x.84 in. .57 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , Spanning seven 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.
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