Hannah's Dream

Hannah's Dream

A Novel

Book - 2008/09/02
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Having devotedly cared for a lone elephant at a dilapidated zoo for more than forty years, Samson hopes to be able to retire when he hires promising assistant Neva, who forces Samson to acknowledge that the elephant also needs the company of her own kind. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer

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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2008/09/02
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061568251
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAMMOND
Characteristics: 319 p


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Feb 27, 2011

This book is mostly a story about the people around Hannah, her keeper and a great selection of other characters, who are all intertwined on some level. The characters are well-developed and three dimensional, everyone adding their value to the developing story, even Miles the pig. At times it’s a little sugary and sweet, but in the end it’s a heart warming story about people rallying around an elephant and recognizing her needs.


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