by Barbara Smucker
Once, he was a household name. Thousands of children came to see him, and diplomats and royalty visited him. His picture appeared all over the world, and when he left England for America, a huge crowd came to see him off. His name was Jumbo, and he was the star attraction at the London Zoo.
This is the true story of Jumbo, but it is also the fictional story of Tod Tolliver, a lonely, poor boy who helps take care of Jumbo and loves him. When the Zoo sells Jumbo to P.T. Barnum's Circus - "The Greatest Show on Earth" - in New York, Tod decides to stow away on the ship and join Jumbo at the circus. But will he be caught on board, and what awaits him at the other end of the voyage?