Monday, April 25, 2011

Water For Elephants

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.


  1. I love elephants too. When we were in Honolulu last year, we skipped the elephant exhibit. I'm telling you, I don't think there is anything sadder than seeing an elephant in captivity. An African safari is on my bucket list ~ and it will have to be someplace where the elephants roam free. I'll definitely look for this movie to come out on DVD!

  2. We saw it too....and loved it. I have read the book and thought they stayed pretty true to the book. Good movie...although I kept seeing flashes of vampires when looking at Robert P....
    Send that book to Barb to read, OK?