I have this book and I thought I had read it but after seeing the movie I realize I have not. It is a beautiful film set in the depression era 1930’s about a traveling circus trying to make ends meet. Their star attraction is an elephant and I DO SO LOVE elephants. I have no idea why I am so drawn to them but I am. Maybe because they are so intelligent and have such human tendencies. I remember when a baby was born to one of the cows at the Woodland Park Zoo (not many born in captivity, it's quite a process) and they had a contest to name the baby. There was this Seattle based news/entertainment show that I watched all this unfold on and the winner was this little girl who came up with the name Hansa, which means supreme happiness. How beautiful is that? The prize was a trip to Thailand and she wanted to her teacher to go and the show was so impressed that she would give up her prize that they came up with additional tickets for her teacher and friend as well as the little girl and her parents. Hansa has since died, she was only six. I actually shed some tears upon hearing that news.
Anyway, back to the movie. Reese Witherspoon is outstanding. She is just so adorable. There were some great circus moments and great costumes. And romance. In the end the elephant saves the day and what can be better than an elephant hero? Bring tissue.