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The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo review and kirigami activity!

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I’ve loved the book The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo for years.


This sweet tale is basically about when a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese and orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask. This boy is filled with questions about his missing family and the fortuneteller’s mysterious rely that an elephant will lead him to the answers he seeks sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true.

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Around the same time the very astute Madam LaVaughn went to the theater in the evening to see a magic act. The magician, only intending to make a bouquet of lilies appear, instead made a real life elephant come tumbling down out of the ceiling and landing directly on Madam LaVaughn. Luckily she lives but is crippled. Now she is imprisoned in her wheel chair, the magician is taken to prison, the elephant is locked up in the stable and Peter, the young boy who went to buy some fish but found his fortune instead, must try to meet this elephant to find his sister. Anymore I cannot tell you.

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Recently I re-encountered this old friend when I was searching for new book titles from Multicultural Children’s Book Day Medallion Level Sponsor, Candlewick Press.  From one page to another I could not leave these old friends; the characters in this incredible book. I re-read it in one sitting and were very sad to see the last page.

Without knowing it, this lovely elephant is a catalyst for change. He opens the hearts and doors of many to an understanding of how we are connected and how each one of us holds our own magic.

Something to Do : KiriGami

So we’ve been talking about an elephant which comes tumbling through the ceiling. That’s not any sort of magic so we can’t very well do any sort of elephant project. Today we are venturing into the world of kirigami.This is the japanese art of paper-folding and cutting.


1. Take an 8in x 8in piece of paper

2. Fold it in half.

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3. (photo above) Place the fold you just did on top and fold it in half again.



4. (photo above) Fold it diagonally, with the previous fold on the left.

5. Trace the elephant pattern below onto you triangle

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Very Important Note: Do not cut off the tail, back leg or the swoop in the trunk. If for some reason you transfer the pattern on the wrong side of the triangle you will come up with an “x” of elephants,which is beautiful in it’s own right. To get the square just draw your pattern on the other side of the triangle.

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You can use origami paper or scrapbook paper. I also made an elephant square out of 4inx4in origami paper and set it into my large square to make “art”.

I must give credit where it is due. Today’s art project was inspired by The Little Traveler’s.  This mom lovingly documents the journey of her two girls as the travel around the world. To explore the sights,sounds,tastes, and cultures of some beautiful countries have a look here.

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