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Water for Elephants Summary
Sara Gruen

Everything you need to understand or teach Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

  • Water for Elephants Summary & Study Guide
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  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
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Water for Elephants Summary

Plot Summary

Water for Elephants is the touching story of Jacob Jankowski, a ninety-three-year-old man, who is reminded of his colorful past when a circus sets up next door to his assisted-living center. When Jacob overhears a man at the assisted-living center claim to have been a water boy for the elephants on a circus, Jacob knows the man is lying because Jacob himself once worked as a vet on a traveling circus. The lie causes Jacob to spend much of his time remembering his colorful past, wishing he could move back in time and return to those days of camaraderie and excitement. It is a story of coming of age, of facing the realities of death, and living despite it all. Water for Elephants is an adventure for readers of all ages.

Jacob Jankowski lives in an assisted-living facility. Jacob believes his predicament is in part due to the...

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