How to Raise An Elephant

How to Raise An Elephant

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"The next book in the perennially adored No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series sees Precious Ramotswe calling upon all her maternal instincts when she's faced with a two-ton case. Mma Ramotswe is pleased with how her business is doing. She is a bit hazy about when exactly the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was founded, but takes the view that it is time to have anniversary celebrations. She and Mma Makutsi set up a committee, consisting of the two of them, to plan the celebratory events, but the committee turns into something apparently permanent, meeting from time to time and rather enjoying the meetings (over lunch). The rationale of the committee is lost sight of, and no celebration ever takes place. Some things, Mma Ramotswe decides, are enjoyed more in the anticipation than the execution. Meanwhile, at a nearby game reserve, an orphaned baby elephant has been delivered. The reserve does its best to look after the elephant, but encounters opposition from neighbours. Charlie, the Agency's assistant detective/mechanic, hears that a group of young men are going to dispose of the elephant. Charlie is also juggling his engagement to Queenie Queenie, which is put into jeopardy when her father gets cold feet due to rumours spread by Queenie Queenie's brother about Charlie's past. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but can Mma Ramotswe and the rest of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency come together to raise a pipsqueak pachyderm and see an engagement through to its rightful outcome? We may find out in this novel."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, [2020]
Description: 242 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780735281165
0735281165
Branch Call Number: McCa

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4piece
Apr 02, 2021

Lovely!

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lilypad_1
Mar 20, 2021

Consistent with others in this series. By the time the author explains characters and back stories it is very redundant and new story is small portion of book. Love the characters though so taking a break in between these books is a good idea.

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Kidbean
Feb 25, 2021

A nice story, but far too much dialogue for my taste. This book is nearly all dialogue. The characters are great!

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glnbothell
Feb 14, 2021

An elephant is raised with love, as with so many things in our life.

Charlie finds himself in the care of a baby elephant. His coworkers join together to solve the problem and all is well. Mma Ramotswe learns that her judgment isn't always right when a cousin comes to her asking for financial help for a hip operation.

The author expanded a bit too much with his characters' musings, but it's otherwise an enjoyable read.

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tjdickey
Jan 25, 2021

The first page of Mma Ramotswe's most recent chronicle describes a day in which something might happen, but probably will not. On the contrary, one central plotline here looms quite large! In addition, we get a chance to see some of the beloved characters develop - both Charlie and Fanwell showing hints of overdue maturity, and a wonderful moment of grace and softening on the part of Mma Makutsi.

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pokano
Jan 09, 2021

The characters are just as wonderful as ever, but there was something about this book that wasn't quite as good as its predecessors. I think the plots weren't as well thought out as before.

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dgesin
Jan 03, 2021

I first stumbled across Alexander Mccall Smith's wonderful No 1 Ladies series 20 years ago in a tiny bookstore in Boston. I always find myself incredibly inspired by any of his works, but this latest installation touched my heart with its many acts of generosity and kindness....how lucky we are that he is a prolific and generous author.
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maipenrai
Jan 01, 2021

I have loved the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency from the very first book. I was a little disappointed with this volume because there was not much of a mystery to solve and too much Mma Grace Makutsi and not enough Mma Precious Ramotswe. Still love the characters and the vicissitudes of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and Precious' husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. If you possibly have the option, listen to this series for the great Botswana dialect. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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brangwinn
Nov 24, 2020

As always, the 21st book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel, Smith returns his readers to the slower pace of Mma Ramotse’s Botswana. A minimum of detective work solves the two mysteries. A distant cousin is suspected of lying to get money from Mma Ramotse and a baby elephant found by Charlie is eventually sent to an elephant sanctuary. But its not the mysteries that readers return to solve, it is the interaction between the characters. Like all good series, readers must begin at the beginning to fully appreciate the characters and understand the importance of fat cakes and bush tea.

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maipenrai
Mar 13, 2020

I have loved the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency from the very first book. I was a little disappointed with this volume because there was not much of a mystery to solve and too much Mma Grace Makutsi and not enough Mma Precious Ramotswe. Still love the characters and the vicissitudes of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and Precious' husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. If you possibly have the option, listen to this series for the great Botswana dialect. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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