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An elephant never forgets...but can she dream?

For forty-one years, Samson Brown has been caring for Hannah, the lone elephant at the down-at-the-heels Max L. Biedelman Zoo. Having vowed not to retire until an equally loving and devoted caretaker is found to replace him, Sam rejoices when smart, compassionate Neva Wilson is hired as the new elephant keeper. But Neva quickly discovers what Sam already knows: that despite their loving care, Hannah is isolated from other elephants and her feet are nearly ruined from standing on hard concrete all day. Using her contacts in the zookeeping world, Neva and Sam hatch a plan to send Hannah to an elephant sanctuary — just as the zoo's angry, unhappy director launches an aggressive revitalization campaign that spotlights Hannah as the star attraction, inextricably tying Hannah's future to the fate of the Max L. Biedelman Zoo.

A charming, poignant, and captivating novel certain to enthrall readers of Water for Elephants, Diane Hammond's Hannah's Dream is a beautifully told tale rich in heart, humor, and intelligence.

Review:

"Hammond (Going to Bend) shares the story of 'charismatic mega-vertebrate' Hannah, the elephant star of the failing Max L. Biedelman Zoo, in her sweet but slow third novel. Since the 1950s, Hannah; her loving caretaker, Sam; and the zoo have been languishing. Enter Harriet Saul, the zoo's ambitious new director, and Neva Wilson, an expert elephant keeper; both want to change things, but in different ways. Harriet's plan involves her dressing up as the eccentric zoo founder to give presentations and 'commissioning original theme music' for a publicity campaign. Neva's idea is to move the aging Hannah to an elephant sanctuary, a plan supported by nearly everyone, including the zoo's milquetoast business manager. If the conflict sounds weak, it is; the friendship between Hannah and Sam and the gently informational lessons about elephant care are more memorable than the late-breaking battle. The narrative, with its sprawling cast (and attendant relationships and personal histories), often bogs down, but the moments of genuine emotion will charm readers in search of a happy ending. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Irresistibly touching, delectably uplifting, Hammond's understated yet gargantuan tale of devotion and commitment poignantly proves that love does indeed come in all shapes and sizes." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Hannah's Dream runs at a quick pace but feels substantial, and the humorous bits sprinkled throughout make it a very satisfying read." Oregonian

About the Author

Diane Hammond has worked as a writer and an editor. She was awarded a literary fellowship by the Oregon Arts Commission, and her writing has appeared in such magazines as Yankee, Mademoiselle, and Washington Review. She served as a spokesperson for the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Free Willy Keiko Foundation and currently lives with her husband, Nolan, and daughter, Kerry.

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Baby, June 1, 2009 (view all comments by Baby)
"Hannah's Dream" is a touching--and comic--story about loss and love. At the core, it is a love story between Hannah, a Burmese elephant who is the solitary elephant at a run-down zoo, and her keeper, Samson Brown. As Hannah is afflicted by her loss of contact with other elephants, so are the other, colorful, characters in this story (which includes Samson's wife, Corrina; the new zookeeper, Neva, and the zoo director, Harriet).

My minor quibble with this book is that I found the cast of characters a bit forced, and the story's insistence on their colorfulness a bit strained. There are plenty of lyrical and emotionally-true passages in this book that reading some of the zany character antics was a jarring experience to me, like catching unwanted glimpses of a backstage machine. However, I quickly forgot these small problems as I read through the book. I particularly love the last pages, which are filled with beautiful sentences that are packed with such emotions and feelings.

A lovely story, compassionately told.
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michaelsean, May 7, 2009 (view all comments by michaelsean)
Hannah's Dream by Diane Hammond has Disney movie written all over it. Lovable characters, a heart tugging animal (in this case a television watching elephant), and a goofy antagonist who is more dumb than evil. I picked this book up on a lark and was pleasantly surprised.

Sam Brown has been caring for Hannah the elephant for over 40 years. While low on academic pachyderm knowledge, Same is chalk full of practical elephant knowledge. As he is nearing his retirement his one true dream is to get Hannah involved in a sanctuary he his been seeing in his minds eye for years. Enter Neva. The brash and wily new elephant keeper who helps Sam realize hid dream for Hannah.

The book will alternately keep you laughing and crying over the course of reading it. Having recently read about the plight of Billy the elephant in the LA Zoo, it is also a very timely piece. Diane Hammond has done a wonderful job of reaching out to her readers with a touching and heartfelt story. Kudos to her.
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Denise Morland, September 18, 2008 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
On the surface "Hannah's Dream" is the story of a motley crew of characters who come together to save an elephant living in a run-down zoo. On a deeper level it's about how we find and choose the people who will become a part of our life's story.
I can't say strongly enough how much I loved this book! For me, it was all about the characters. I simply fell in love with each of them and became immersed in their story. From Johnson Johnson the eccentric artist to Truman the precise and careful accountant, Neva the expert elephant handler and Sam the intuitive one, even Miles the pig was irresistible! I was not ready to let any of them go by the end. This is a funny, generous, warm book that will leave you feeling good.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061568251
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Hammond, Diane
Author:
Hammond, Diane Coplin
Author:
Diane Hammond
Author:
by Diane Hammond
Author:
by Diane Hammond
Author:
Diane Hammond
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
Zoos
Subject:
Elephants
Subject:
General
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20080902
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.92x5.34x.84 in. .64 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hammond (Going to Bend) shares the story of 'charismatic mega-vertebrate' Hannah, the elephant star of the failing Max L. Biedelman Zoo, in her sweet but slow third novel. Since the 1950s, Hannah; her loving caretaker, Sam; and the zoo have been languishing. Enter Harriet Saul, the zoo's ambitious new director, and Neva Wilson, an expert elephant keeper; both want to change things, but in different ways. Harriet's plan involves her dressing up as the eccentric zoo founder to give presentations and 'commissioning original theme music' for a publicity campaign. Neva's idea is to move the aging Hannah to an elephant sanctuary, a plan supported by nearly everyone, including the zoo's milquetoast business manager. If the conflict sounds weak, it is; the friendship between Hannah and Sam and the gently informational lessons about elephant care are more memorable than the late-breaking battle. The narrative, with its sprawling cast (and attendant relationships and personal histories), often bogs down, but the moments of genuine emotion will charm readers in search of a happy ending. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Irresistibly touching, delectably uplifting, Hammond's understated yet gargantuan tale of devotion and commitment poignantly proves that love does indeed come in all shapes and sizes."
"Review" by , "Hannah's Dream runs at a quick pace but feels substantial, and the humorous bits sprinkled throughout make it a very satisfying read."
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