The Elephant Queen

Author: Paul Soderberg
Publisher: Booklocker.Com Incorporated
ISBN: 9781621418009
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Christy Claiborne, the twenty-something founder of a women's shelter in San Antonio, travels to Bangkok to network with sister organizations, and is sucked into a one-woman war against a vast and powerful empire built on child prostitution. To rescue 22 young girls from the empire's ruler, an octogenarian Australian, and then destroy his empire, Christy finds a few unlikely allies, including a wild bull elephant that weighs ten tons and is nearly two centuries old.

Elizabeth Queen Of The Seas

Author: Lynne Cox
ISBN: 0375858881
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Describes how an elephant seal made a home in New Zealand's narrow Avon River and loved to stretch out across a two-lane road, requiring volunteers to tow her farther out to sea after she kept returning repeatedly.

Queen S Park To The Elephant

Author: Seán Hogan
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781978251618
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A journey taken every day, often the same people sitting there in the carriage that you've claimed for yourself, it's yours and these people are being allowed to share it with you. Looking at insurance and holiday adverts above the person opposite. Eye contact is a glimpse in to their soul and they're not going to give you that, who knows what they'll give away? The person who gets off the train at that obscure stop which you know nothing about, what's there? Who even lives there? Why does that old Chinese lady live in Warwick Avenue? Cities are big places, you know barely anyone, those you do know, their lives are no longer interesting because they've told you a thousand times about that time they went to India to find themselves while dropping acid with washed out hippies. So cool, man! they probably never went anyway. Cynicism, why do you have to be so cynical? That guy over there, holding his sleeping bag, tattered trousers, big beard and a bright red jacket, he doesn't look like he belongs, he sticks out, I bet he has a proper story to tell. Oxford Circus, the tourists pour on and off the train, excited little kids with their mothers secretly hoping that mum is going to buy them something nice, already planning what they'll do with their new toy when they get home, the chance of disappointment buried deep at the back of their minds because for the next couple of hours they'll be living in hope, hope for the simplest of things. Like when you were a kid, when your mum used to take you to Oxford Street so you could look at the shop windows and the lights and the thousands of big red buses, and the people, so many people. You're envious of that kid, a day living the innocence of childhood again would be the greatest Christmas present. It's enough to make you smile and remember that it isn't all doom and gloom and the world isn't about to end because that's all the television and your friends on social media are telling you. It's a great place to live, you should have got off at Regent's Park and taken a trip to the zoo, it's a long time since you've been to the zoo. They've got a new panda apparently. You could nip over to Madame Tussauds while you're there as well, you've always wanted to meet William Shakespeare, lose yourself in your own little world, recapture the imagination that's been lost in a world of facts and information overload. All the sights and sounds, without the people there'd be no sights and sounds. Cities and towns and villages across the world, it's the people who make them. Even the ticket inspector who stopped you yesterday and told you you had to pay a fine because you'd bought the wrong ticket, you're still wishing ill upon him now, the thought of him makes you furrow your brow, I wonder when he went home did he give me a second thought? I doubt it, there's no conscience for the wicked. I bet he's doing the same thing to another misfortunate right now, he'll be enjoying it too. That uncle of yours, the one who lives in Kilburn, the Irish fella who came over on the boat years ago, long before your mother, I bet he'd have told him where to go. You should go up and see him soon, it's been a long time since you've sat in the bars of County Kilburn with a pint of Guinness, the soft voice of uncle Mickey telling you stories that make you laugh, pints flowing, songs of rebels and fields in the background. People get up, careful not to bang into someone else, fear of confrontation, fear of exposure. God forbid someone interacts with them. Your little dream well broken as the doors open and the rush up the stairs to the world above begins. The Elephant and Castle, there aren't any elephants, and the castles are bright pink. All change please, this train terminates here, all change. Queen's Park to The Elephant, sixteen stations, sixteen different people all with tales to tell.

Tales From The Caribbean

Author: Trish Cooke
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141373261
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A collection of favourite tales gathered from the many different islands of the Caribbean, one of the world's richest sources of traditional storytelling. From the very first Kingfisher to Anansi the Spider Man, these lively retellings full of humour and pathos, are beautifully retold by Trish Cooke. The book includes endnotes with a glossary, additional information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories further.

Moral Lessons In African Folktales

Author: Kwame A. Insaidoo
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781456722289
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This book challenges us to take a cursory glance at our contemporary world, where modern man’s scientific and technological ingenuity has led him to soar thorough the galaxy and made the heavens part of his domain; and contrast that with his level of morality today. Open any newspaper or listen to the radio and television news and you can’t help but lament on the appalling moral depravity and obscene behavior of our contemporary man. With this intractable moral depravity on the ascendancy, the author nostalgically reminiscences the upright morality of yesteryears, and admonishes us to heed Plato’s philosophical advice: ‘now since men are by nature acquisitive, jealous, combative, and erotic, how shall we persuade them to behave themselves? By the policeman’s omnipresent club? {now, AK 47}. It is a brutal method, costly and irritating. There is a better way, and this is by lending to the moral requirements of the community. Throughout this book the author emphasizes the significance of proper moral education in shaping the character of children, youngsters and even adults, and reminds us: ‘morals are the rules by which society exhorts its members and associations to behavior consistent with its 'order, security and growth’ {Will & Ariel Durant}. The author noted that in traditional African societies, the wise elders, like the ancient Greek philosophers, strongly emphasized the teachability of moral values and deliberately inculcated them into their youngsters. The stories in this book are folktales filled with moral lessons that have been handed down from many generations to the present in many African countries from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroons, Liberia, the Gambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania to Zimbabwe. The traditional African elders successfully utilized these folktales to socialize their youngsters to the moral requirements of their society to insure stability, harmonious relations, order, security and growth.

Queen Of The Air

Author: Dean N. Jensen
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307986586
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A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. Like today's Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. There may have been some regions on earth where her name was not a household expression, but if so, they were likely on polar ice caps or in the darkest, deepest jungles. Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. She was not much bigger than a good size fairy, just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds. In the first part of the 20th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of never-ending magic. She was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth. In her life, Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart. He was the handsome Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only one in his time who, night after night, executed the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair while traveling at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, as the Italians called it, took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt.

The Sultan And The Mermaid Queen

Author: Paul Spencer Sochaczewski
Publisher: Editions Didier Millet
ISBN: 9814217743
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The Sultan and the Mermaid Queen is a collection of essays and articles which describe rarely written-about Asian people, places and events.

Queen Victoria S Book Of Spells

Author: Ellen Datlow
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 1429960914
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"Gaslamp Fantasy," or historical fantasy set in a magical version of the nineteenth century, has long been popular with readers and writers alike. A number of wonderful fantasy novels owe their inspiration to works by nineteenth-century writers ranging from Jane Austen, the Brontës, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, of course, the entire steampunk genre and subculture owes more than a little to literature inspired by this period. Queen Victoria's Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy. The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both bestselling writers and exciting new talents such as Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic. A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013 At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Love In The Elephant Tent

Author: Kathleen Cremonesi
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770907319
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If you live life without a net, what happens when you fall? Kathleen Cremonesi knew early on she wanted to be different. Determined to avoid following in her mother's footsteps to an ill-fated marriage, Kathleen left Oregon in her early 20s to travel across Europe. On a whim, this former administrative assistant with wanderlust took a job as a dancer in a circus and, working her way up, became an ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl. Kathleen bonds with the exotic animals that could strike and kill at any moment, but instead bring her a peace she has never known. And when she stumbles into the arms of Stefano, the sexy elephant keeper, she finds a man who understands her wild spirit. With thrilling prose and vivid descriptions, Kathleen takes the reader around the Mediterranean, where she discovers unexpected friends and learns how to cook, forgive, and love - across language barriers.

Tua And The Elephant

Author: R. P. Harris
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811877817
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In Chiang Mai, Thailand, nine-year-old Tua releases an abused elephant from its chains--can she complete the rescue by getting it to an elephant refuge without being caught herself?