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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First edition, first printing (full number line) edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254437
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Buckley's straightforward text and her empathy-building photos warmly present an indelible image of this unlikely friendship." --School Library Journal

About the Author

Carol Buckley is the cofounder and CEO of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

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Customer Reviews

It is a true story about friendship!!!!
Beatrice Bojorquez
Mind you, elephants don't cotton to dogs, but now the Sanctuary saw the "beginning of an amazing relationship . . . Tarra and Bella began to do everything together."
D. Fowler
I have grandchildren who love animals so I know they will enjoy reading it.
E. WATERS

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By N. Bass on September 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the true story of Tarra and Bella, and how much Tarra missed her friend when Bella was injured in a fall. It's a perfect read for children, and this 40-year-old enjoyed it, too! Plenty of wonderful photos, and educational too (there are details about the differences between African and Asian elephants, their diets, etc). It's a book any elephant fan (and dog fans, too!) would enjoy. The friendship between these two is absolutely charming. Photos include frame-by-frame images from video taken of the moment Tarra and Bella were reunited while Bella was convalescing.
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Tarra had a long career as an entertainer and even appeared in an episode of "Little House on the Prairie." She was a standout on the set, but even elephants need to retire at some point in time and she was the "first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee." There she would not be asked to roller-skate, stand on her hind legs while standing on a small bench or play a bit part in a movie. Tarra could just be herself and roam the Sanctuary at her will instead of being cooped up in a zoo. Other elephants began to arrive and as they settled in they made a "special friend." There were Winkie and Sissy and Dulary and Misty, but Tarra just had not found a special companion.

Then one day this scruffy yellow stray dog named Bella was sleeping next to her when she woke up. Tarra began to chirp with delight and somehow the two became fast friends. Mind you, elephants don't cotton to dogs, but now the Sanctuary saw the "beginning of an amazing relationship . . . Tarra and Bella began to do everything together." They swam together, they ran together, they ate together and they even learned to talk to each other. One day Bella was nowhere to be found and Tarra, who probably was very frightened, refused to budge from where she was standing. Bella was found and she was injured. What was going to happen to these two friends now?

This was one of the most heartwarming stories of love and friendship I've read in some time. It's now a widely known story about Tarra and Bella's extraordinary friendship, but I was still awed by the story and the photographs were awesome to say the least. This is a simple, yet powerful story of friendship that has a few subtle messages that we can all learn to incorporate in our hearts. In the back of the book is more information about the Elephant Sanctuary and provides an online link to a "real-time video" of the residents. Look for the EleCam and see if you can identify any of the elephants. Awesome, simply awesome!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. Hendricks on November 1, 2009
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I saw Steve Hartman's Assignment America on the CBS Evening News about Tarra and Bella and fell in love. When I heard that there was a book coming out about the two friends, I pre-ordered it. I teach second grade, and have been working on community building in my classroom for the first part of the year. There had been some issues with tattling, unkind words, etc. amongst the kids, and I was able to create a lesson on the importance of kindness and friendship that revolved around Tarra and Bella's story. The pictures are phenomenal, many of them stills from the CBS piece, but the story is more detailed than what originally aired. I still get choked up when I read it!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Shoop on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of my goals in life is to grow up and become a kid. Some people say I am a perpetual kid. In either case I like Tarra & Bella. It is a fun and friendly book for children of all ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on April 14, 2011
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I made it about 75% of the way through this book before I had to grab a metaphorical tissue. :)

This is a wonderful (true) example of finding friendship in the most unexpected places. I love the sincere and unbreakable bond between Elephant and Dog - their loyalty is truly something to aspire to.

The book chronicles the elephant's (Tara) arrival to the sanctuary, her part in introducing new elephants to the sanctuary, and how she never gets her one best friend. Until the sweet dog, Bella, shows up and then they are forever together.

Until Bella gets sick (and yes, this is the tissue part) because Tarra stays with Bella until the keepers find and take Bella to get better.
Even then, Tarra's loyalty shines through, and the bond between Tarra and Bella never falters.

As far as prose, I didn't find anything exceptional here, but the pictures were quite beautiful in illustrating the story.

Definitely recommended! And, though this book definitely tugs at the heart, it's in a good way and the book will leave you with a smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Cirelli on December 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
GREAT book!! So heartwarming and JUST wonderful for the kids and adults that read to them! My grandchildren LOVED it as much as I did too. The story is true so it has even greater meaning! I recommend this to anyone from 4 to adult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jayme Zolman on January 7, 2012
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My sister a true animal activist, lives in Tennessee where Tarra and Bella are housed in a wonderful environment for these beautiful animals. She follows all of their stories carefully and she had sent me a note about how sad she was about the dogs passing. I also saw a clip on the internet so I thought this would be a wonderful Christmas gift and it was. I previewed it and it is such a touching story anyone that loves animals will truly enjoy this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evetoo on December 8, 2009
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I bought this book for my mother, she loved it. She has a special place in her heart for animals and is an advocate
for them. My mother is 84 and doesn't read that much any more but this book really touched her heart. She donates to
many animal rescue and shelter groups and has taken in countless abandoned and stray animals. It breaks her heart to
see, or hear, of any animal being abused. She doesn't understand why everyone can't see that animals have emotions and
feelings just as humans do.
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