Elephants Cannot Dance

Gerald the elephant is certain that he cannot dance but his friend Piggie convinces him to try.

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Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9781423114109

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

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Gerald the elephant is certain that he cannot dance but his friend Piggie convinces him to try.

Elephants Cannot Dance

Gerald the elephant is certain that he cannot dance but his friend Piggie convinces him to try.

Author: Mo Willems

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Category: Dance

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Gerald the elephant is certain that he cannot dance but his friend Piggie convinces him to try.

Who Says Elephants Can t Dance

If a CEO wants to build a truly integrated platform for digital services in the home, he or she cannot let the music division or movie division cling to its ...

Author: Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0061756083

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 959

In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the computer industry had changed so rapidly the company was on its way to losing $16 billion and IBM was on a watch list for extinction -- victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent. Then Lou Gerstner was brought in to run IBM. Almost everyone watching the rapid demise of this American icon presumed Gerstner had joined IBM to preside over its continued dissolution into a confederation of autonomous business units. This strategy, well underway when he arrived, would have effectively eliminated the corporation that had invented many of the industry's most important technologies. Instead, Gerstner took hold of the company and demanded the managers work together to re-establish IBM's mission as a customer-focused provider of computing solutions. Moving ahead of his critics, Gerstner made the hold decision to keep the company together, slash prices on his core product to keep the company competitive, and almost defiantly announced, "The last thing IBM needs right now is a vision." Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? tells the story of IBM's competitive and cultural transformation. In his own words, Gerstner offers a blow-by-blow account of his arrival at the company and his campaign to rebuild the leadership team and give the workforce a renewed sense of purpose. In the process, Gerstner defined a strategy for the computing giant and remade the ossified culture bred by the company's own success. The first-hand story of an extraordinary turnaround, a unique case study in managing a crisis, and a thoughtful reflection on the computer industry and the principles of leadership, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? sums up Lou Gerstner's historic business achievement. Taking readers deep into the world of IBM's CEO, Gerstner recounts the high-level meetings and explains the pressure-filled, no-turning-back decisions that had to be made. He also offers his hard-won conclusions about the essence of what makes a great company run. In the history of modern business, many companies have gone from being industry leaders to the verge of extinction. Through the heroic efforts of a new management team, some of those companies have even succeeded in resuscitating themselves and living on in the shadow of their former stature. But only one company has been at the pinnacle of an industry, fallen to near collapse, and then, beyond anyone's expectations, returned to set the agenda. That company is IBM.

Strategy Driven Talent Management

University Park: Penn State Institute for the Study of Organizational Effectiveness. Gerstner, L. (2002). Who says elephants cannot dance.

Author: Rob Silzer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470540046

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 928

View: 804

A Publication of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Praise for Strategy-Driven Talent Management "Silzer and Dowell's Strategy-Driven Talent Management provides a comprehensive overview of the different elements of the best talent management processes used in organizations today. This is a valuable resource for leaders and managers, HR practitioners and anyone involved in developing leadership talent." —Ed Lawler, Professor, School of Business, University of Southern California "Talent is the key to successful execution of a winning business strategy. Strategy-Driven Talent Management by Silzer & Dowell provides a thorough and very practical guide to building and managing talent based on the strategic needs of the organization. Business leaders will find this an excellent resource with many interesting examples and best practices from leading companies." —Herbert L. Henkel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ingersoll Rand "Thanks to Strategy-Driven Talent Management, we can move from an attractive idea of talent management to practices that deliver. This book brings the work of practitioners—the people who are inventing, crafting, and shaping the field of talent management—to the forefront. Their collective experiences and insights will certainly enrich your own research and practice." —Cynthia McCauley, PhD, Senior Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership "It is exciting to see that Rob Silzer and Ben Dowell have given us the state of the art in 2010 of integrating human resource issues into strategic management. This volume is a must read for human resource and line leaders alike. The journey is far from over, but this volume of work will chart the course for further progress." —Noel Tichy, Professor, Management and Organizations, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Take Me to Your Readers

Elephants Cannot Dance! DANCE A STORY Guest Voice: Bonnie Anthony, Grade 4 Teacher Moving Here and There A favorite text to use in exploring movement, ...

Author: Larry Swartz

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 1551389274

Category: Education

Page: 176

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This thoughtful book is rooted in the belief that teachers can lead their students to develop their reading tastes and grow in their love of reading at the same time as supporting and stretching students in their meaning-making experiences. This practical resource highlights more than 50 instructional strategies that invite students to work inside and outside a book through reading, writing, talk, and arts experiences. It highlights the work of guest voices that include classroom teachers, occasional teachers, special education teachers, and librarians who share their best literacy practices. Take Me to Your Readers uses 5 essential areas to structure classroom experiences through children's literature: Motivation; Theme Connections; Genre Connections; Cross-Curricular Connections; and Response. Extensive booklists, teaching tips, a wide range of activities, and reproducible pages provide practical support. Ultimately, this book is designed to take teachers to their readers and start them on a lifelong journey through great books!

Co evolution Strategy Canvas

Management often uses the elephant as a metaphor of large-scale and mature firms, and use “elephant dancing” to describe the transformation of large firms.

Author: Jiang Yong Lu

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9811559880

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 227

View: 346

This book discusses the problem that why entrepreneurs don’t have clear strategies in different phrases and how to solve it. The author uses the tools of human resource from inside and outside aspects to analyze the problem. What’s more, the author also discusses the problems from 4 dimensions, such as users, organizations, products and markets. Use the co-evolution strategy canvas to summarize solutions for different phrases of enterprises.

The Future of Tech Is Female

So far, however, Rometty may be proving that elephants cannot dance, at least not always. She has presided over five years of quarter- by- quarter revenue ...

Author: Douglas M. Branson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479806048

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 672

An accessible and timely guide to increasing female presence and leadership in tech companies Tech giants like Apple and Google are among the fastest growing companies in the world, leading innovations in design and development. The industry continues to see rapid growth, employing millions of people: in the US it is at the epicenter of the American economy. So why is it that only 5% of senior executives in the tech industry are female? Underrepresentation of women on boards of directors, in the C-suite, and as senior managers remains pervasive in this industry. As tech companies are plagued with high-profile claims of harassment and discrimination, and salary discrepancies for comparable work, one asks what prevents women from reaching management roles, and, more importantly, what can be done to fix it? The Future of Tech is Female considers the paradoxes involved in women’s ascent to leadership roles, suggesting industry-wide solutions to combat gender inequality. Drawing upon 15 years of experience in the field, Douglas M. Branson traces the history of women in the information technology industry in order to identify solutions for the issues facing women today. Branson explores a variety of solutions such as mandatory quota laws for female employment, pledge programs, and limitations on the H1-B VISA program, and grapples with the challenges facing women in IT from a range of perspectives. Branson unpacks the plethora of reasons women should hold leadership roles, both in and out of this industry, concluding with a call to reform attitudes toward women in one particular IT branch, the video and computer gaming field, a gateway to many STEM futures. An invaluable resource for anyone invested in gender equality in corporate governance, The Future of Tech is Female lays out the first steps toward a more diverse future for women in tech leadership

The Early Reader in Children s Literature and Culture

Elephant and Piggie 7. ———. Can I Play Too? New York: Hyperion, 2010. Print. Elephant and Piggie 12. ———. Elephants Cannot Dance! New York: Hyperion, 2009.

Author: Jennifer Miskec

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317394771

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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This is the first volume to consider the popular literary category of Early Readers – books written and designed for children who are just beginning to read independently. It argues that Early Readers deserve more scholarly attention and careful thought because they are, for many younger readers, their first opportunity to engage with a work of literature on their own, to feel a sense of mastery over a text, and to experience pleasure from the act of reading independently. Using interdisciplinary approaches that draw upon and synthesize research being done in education, child psychology, sociology, cultural studies, and children’s literature, the volume visits Early Readers from a variety of angles: as teaching tools; as cultural artifacts that shape cultural and individual subjectivity; as mass produced products sold to a niche market of parents, educators, and young children; and as aesthetic objects, works of literature and art with specific conventions. Examining the reasons such books are so popular with young readers, as well as the reasons that some adults challenge and censor them, the volume considers the ways Early Readers contribute to the construction of younger children as readers, thinkers, consumers, and as gendered, raced, classed subjects. It also addresses children’s texts that have been translated and sold around the globe, examining them as part of an increasingly transnational children’s media culture that may add to or supplant regional, ethnic, and national children’s literatures and cultures. While this collection focuses mostly on books written in English and often aimed at children living in the US, it is important to acknowledge that these Early Readers are a major US cultural export, influencing the reading habits and development of children across the globe.

Media Selling

Louis Gerstner, ex‐CEO of IBM in his book, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance, ... your product, and your offer, you cannot generate the enthusiasm required to ...

Author: Charles Warner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119477395

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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The must-have resource for media selling in today’s technology-driven environment The revised and updated fifth edition of Media Selling is an essential guide to our technology-driven, programmatic, micro-targeted, mobile, multi-channel media ecosystem. Today, digital advertising has surpassed television as the number-one ad investment platform, and Google and Facebook dominate the digital advertising marketplace. The authors highlight the new sales processes and approaches that will give media salespeople a leg up on the competition in our post-Internet media era. The book explores the automated programmatic buying and selling of digital ad inventory that is disrupting both media buyers and media salespeople. In addition to information on disruptive technologies in media sales, the book explores sales ethics, communication theory and listening, emotional intelligence, creating value, the principles of persuasion, sales stage management guides, and sample in-person, phone, and email sales scripts. Media Selling offers media sellers a customer-first and problem-solving sales approach. The updated fifth edition: Contains insight from digital experts into how 82.5% of digital ad inventory is bought and sold programmatically Reveals how to conduct research on Google Analytics Identifies how media salespeople can offer cross-platform and multi-channel solutions to prospects’ advertising and marketing challenge Includes insights into selling and distribution of podcasts Includes links to downloadable case studies, presentations, and planners on the Media Selling website Includes an extensive Glossary of Digital Advertising terms Written for students in communications, radio-TV, and mass communication, Media Selling is the classic work in the field. The updated edition provides an indispensable tool for learning, training, and mastering sales techniques for digital media.

Passion for Adventure

But bravery and vision cannot be copied, especially when the vision is rooted in ... 'Swim with sharks, sleep with the wolves and dance with the elephants'.

Author: Saad Al Barrak

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9992194677

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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As the Arab spring sweeps the Middle East, old ways are disappearing. Communications technology is breaking down national barriers and undermining rulers, while the youth look to new role models. Instead of the litany of Arab political failures, they look to business and the arts for inspiration. Saad al Barrak has been a pioneer of this Arab renaissance. In just seven years, he transformed a moribund ex-state-owned telecoms operator, MTC, from its base of 500,000 customers in Kuwait into the international giant Zain, a company with 72 million customers across 22 countries in the Middle East and Africa. Over the same period, revenues leapt from $400 million to a staggering $8 billion. Saad al Barrak has followed a distinctive philosophy of leadership and management, insisting that the purpose of business is to create "a wonderful world." Indeed, leading global consultants McKinsey admit Saad al Barrak has changed their business models. His approach has its origins in the souks of his native Kuwait, but is shaped by a US education; by invasion, occupation, and war in the modern Middle East and by modern management gurus like Steve Jobs. His call to "be bold, be daring, be different" saw Zain operate in challenging markets like post-war Iraq and sub-Saharan Africa and, for the first time, in A Passion for Adventure, Saad al Barrak tells the inside story of the audacious, 2005 "Easter weekend" $3.3billion purchase of the African operator Celtel.

A Parent s Guide to the Best Kids Comics

ELEPHANT & PIGGIE SERIES Story and art by Mo Willems Today I Will Fly! ... Hardcover 978-1423113485 $8.99 Elephants Cannot Dance!

Author: Scott Robins

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440229961

Category: Education

Page: 256

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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." --Author Emilie Buchwald Filled with beautifully illustrated reviews and a wealth of recommendations, A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics lovingly and thoughtfully reveals a world of graphic novels sure to capture the imagination and curiosity of your child. Children's literature experts and library professionals Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith select and review 100 age-appropriate books, and recommend another 750 titles for children from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade in this full-color, first-of-its-kind guide. You'll also find an educator's bibliography, website recommendations, and a bounty of resources to make this magical journey informative as well as delightful. Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer, producers of the highly acclaimed and award-winning Bone series, provide a Foreword for the book.

Managing Large Teams

The challenges and how IBM overcame them are very well-articulated in the book Who Says Elephants Cannot Dance written by Louise V. Gerstner Junior, ...

Author: Rishi Kapal

Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Limited

ISBN: 9353886740

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 236

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Managing and leading large teams is an acquired skill and doesn’t come naturally to people. As the team grows horizontally in number and vertically in levels, team management gets complicated. Managing Large Teams is borne out of the author’s twenty-five plus years of experience of navigating multiple scenarios, transitioning from an individual contributor to becoming a first-time manager to later helming teams as a CXO that expanded across North America, Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia. Brimming with the wisdom and experiences of Indian and global CXOs, and Stanford LEAD alumni, the book tackles subjects such as handling multicultural and multi-locational teams, building a strong trustworthy culture of skip-level engagements and the oft-discussed phenomenon of executive isolation at work. Get your hands on this reservoir of knowledge on leadership, organization development and management practices for the present and future generations of performers.

Language Arts

Elephants cannot dance. New York: Hyperion. Willems, M. (2017). Biggie: Elephant and Piggie. New York: Hyperion. Williams, S. (1990). I went walking.

Author: Pamela J. Farris

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478638796

Category: Education

Page: 582

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From the first edition to the latest, Language Arts: Process, Product and Assessment for Diverse Classrooms has presented sound language arts theory and methodology in a nonthreatening, straightforward manner at a reasonable price. Coverage focuses on the 2017 Standards for Literacy Professionals. Each chapter identifies and addresses the standards applicable to that chapter’s topics. Farris and Werderich infuse their foundational guidelines with the latest research, teaching practices, and assessment and evaluation techniques. Ideas for lesson plans, use of technological applications, internet resources, and comprehensive, up-to-date listings of children’s, young adult, and multicultural fiction and nonfiction titles are among the text’s outstanding features. Other features geared expressly for pre- and inservice teachers include: • Engaging, real-life classroom anecdotes • Instructional activities for reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually representing • Boxes containing teaching hints and mini lessons • Section on Response to Intervention (RtI) with the various tiers of intervention • Theories, instruction, and teaching activities for English language learners (ELLs) • Guidelines to meet the needs of special needs learners • Suggestions for literacy-based interdisciplinary instruction (including STEM and STEAM) • Examples of children’s work to help readers understand what to expect from different ages and ability levels • Questions and assignments to strengthen readers’ aptitude, awareness, and application of topics to real life

Dancing with Elephants

We don't kill the elephant. We learn to dance with it. All living beings suffer. To revere life, we cannot remain in denial but must understand that ...

Author: Jarem Sawatsky

Publisher: Red Canoe Press

ISBN: 0995324212

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 222

View: 906

If you need some encouragement in living with joy, read this book. It will change your perspective on everything. —Lana Philips Sawatsky beautifully models a way to dance in the gale of full catastrophe, to celebrate life, to laugh with it and at himself. —Jon Kabat-Zinn, national bestselling author ...beautiful and inspiring book...full of humor and wisdom about the pain of loss in our life, by someone living with a debilitating disease. —Jean Vanier, national bestselling author NATIONAL BESTSELLER 2017 NAUTILUS AWARD WINNER 2017 LIVING NOW BOOK AWARD WINNER Want to enjoy the life you are living, even as you face major life challenges? Is your mind succumbing to age? Is your body failing you? Can you ever find joy, peace, or fulfillment in these challenging conditions? The answer is a resounding YES. Author Jarem Sawatsky saw the countless guides out there for those caring for the ill and healing the curable, but when he was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, he found there was nothing for those living with an incurable illness. He quit his job as a professor and devoted his life to exploring the possibilities of living with chronic conditions. Now he’s bringing his findings and insights to you in this empowering mindfulness guide. In Dancing With Elephants you’ll discover: ★ Simple practices to bring healing to your heart and life to your new outlook ★ Humorous (and occasionally heart-wrenching) stories of Sawatsky’s own journey of self-discovery and surprising family caregiving ★ Multiple ways to build confidence in yourself, even when you’ve been shaken to the core ★ A new perspective to transform your pain and renew your spirit ★ Practical tools to face your seemingly inescapable fears, and much, much more! Based on the popular blog of the same name, Dancing With Elephants includes insightful interviews with compassion experts Jon Kabat-Zinn, Lucy Kalanithi, and Patch Adams. Sawatsky’s landmark book provides support that only a fellow traveler down this road can offer. If you like touching stories, mindful wisdom, and a touch of irreverent humor, then you’ll love Sawatsky’s life-changing book. Buy Dancing With Elephants today to discover a new way to live with joy! WHAT CRITICS SAY ABOUT DANCING WITH ELEPHANTS In Dancing with Elephants, Jarem Sawatsky offers a powerful example of the art of real happiness. This inspiring story reminds us just how essential it is to bring lovingkindness into every step of life. - New York Times bestselling author Sharon Salzberg When life seems to be falling apart, Jarem Sawatsky's interesting and entertaining book reminds us that laughter is what we need to not take ourselves too seriously. - New York Times bestselling author Jen Mann WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT DANCING WITH ELEPHANTS ★★★★★ “You won't forget this any time soon!” ★★★★★ “Wow! Just...wow!” ★★★★★ “Helps each of us learn about loving, letting go, and living in the present moment” ★★★★★ “The most helpful book I've read on living with serious illness” ★★★★★ “A very amazing book to read” ★★★★★ “Outstanding book!” ★★★★★ “This book is a great read” ★★★★★ “Captivated me from the very beginning” ★★★★★ “Written with all the earmarks of authenticity” ★★★★★ “I have never ever said this before: this book changed my life” ★★★★★ “Allowed me to look more deeply with the eyes of compassion” ★★★★★ “The courage and humour in this story are amazing” Vol. 1 in the award-winning & National bestselling series. More than 35K copies of the series sold and over 500 five-star reviews. Available in digital, print and audiobook.

Business Transformation Strategies

The Strategic Leader as Innovation Manager Oswald A. J. Mascarenhas. 12.1 The Ladder of Inference Prologue In his book, Who Says Elephants Cannot Dance?

Author: Oswald A. J. Mascarenhas

Publisher: SAGE Publishing India

ISBN: 8132119347

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 668

View: 850

A resource for industry professionals and consultants, this book on corporate strategy lays down the theories and models for revitalizing companies in the face of global recession. It discusses cutting-edge concepts, constructs, paradigms, theories, models, and cases of corporate strategic leadership for bringing about transformation and innovation in companies. It demonstrates that great companies are those that make the leap from 'good' results to 'great' results and sustain these for at least 15 years; it explores, reviews and analyzes great transformation strategies in this context. Each chapter in the book is appended with transformation exercises that further explicate the concepts.

Summer Reading

... Kitty Real Bios: Ariana Grande LEGO Ninjago: Return of the Djinn Costume Dog Heroes:Nonfiction Companion to Elephants Cannot Dance Magic Tree House Dogs ...

Author: Richard L. Allington

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807758752

Category: Education

Page: 180

View: 163

This second edition describes new research that confirms the importance of key elements in the authors' summer reading model that are essential to ensure gains for low-income, low achieving students.

Corporate China 2 0

See also cost of capital Wei, Jiafu, 87 Wells Fargo, 8, 9 Westinghouse, 31 Who Says Elephants Cannot Dance?, 37 Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, ...

Author: Qiao Liu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137550899

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 243

View: 614

This book argues that that the rise of great firms - those with sustainable high return on invested capital (ROIC) - will lay the foundation for China’s successful economic transformation. Drawn from the author’s research on corporate finance and the Chinese economy, the author maintains that being big could be easy but means little for corporate China, especially in the context of China’s transition from an investment-led economy to an efficiency-driven one. The work discusses both internal and external impediments that lead to lack of great companies in China and suggests institutional conditions which foster the rise of great companies in China, including, reversing the government’s obsession with GDP, reforming the financial system, and promoting entrepreneurship. Policy makers, investors, corporate executives, and MBA students and scholars will appreciate case studies of Huawei, Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Lenovo, among others, that illustrate the endeavors made by Chinese entrepreneurs at the grassroots level and highlight what makes successful companies in China.

Unchain Your Corporation From Supply Chains to B2B Networks

R. Buckminster Fuller • Who says Elephants cannot dance – all you need is good choreographers • B2B network helps leverage your business infrastructure ...

Author: Vivek Sood

Publisher: Global Supply Chain Group

ISBN: 0992490316

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 202

View: 926

WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR? (see www.unchainyourcorporation.com for a lot more information and testimonials about this book) We are entering an era of super specialization and exceedingly targeted communication. Like other high level professionals, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to articulate my target audience very carefully and accurately. Now there are potentially 4 scenarios. If you are the target audience, then everything ticks perfect. If you are not the target audience, but you know somebody who can possibly use the book and its core message, in which case I would encourage you to recommend the book to him/her. Alternately, you might be in a position where you are not yet in the target audience, but you are aspiring to be, in which case this book might prove valuable to you. If you are in none of those 4 positions, then regrettably this book is not going to be to your liking. So who is the target audience of this book? At Global Supply Chain Group, since our foundation in January 2000, we have worked with CEOs, boards, executives and senior decision makers in large to mid-size companies around the world, helping them achieve positive and measurable business transformations. Needless to say, our experience has entirely been with these individuals and they are the target audience for our books and intellectual property. More specifically, our ideal clients and partners as well as the ideal readers for this book would be the influential and resourceful executives, and the CEOs who expect a big positive change, a big delta in results, in profits, and revenues as a result of business transformations. Thus, these are the companies and executives who do not wish to keep asking what the next step is. They acknowledge the internal challenges and changes in the external marketplace as their first step. They understand the need for change. They are prepared to take the action. Most of them are large businesses with huge manufacturing, distribution, logistics, inventory and other physical infrastructure in their footprints. They know that a business transformation every few years is required in order to keep the business relevant with the trends in the market place, with the trends in technology, consumer taste as well as the changes in the political legal environment. They want to maximize their profitability while minimizing their risk by using a tried and tested methodology for business transformations, and they create long term partnerships with best-of-breed thought leaders and leverage those partnerships for positive business transformations over a period of time.


When the Elephants Dance

I cannot live without it. I can take better care of you this way. Catalina Marquez is rich. I can buy you whatever you want.” “It was never the presents, ...

Author: Tess Uriza Holthe

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0676806732

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 871

“Papa explains the war like this: ‘When the elephants dance, the chickens must be careful.’ The great beasts, as they circle one another, shaking the trees and trumpeting loudly, are the Amerikanos and the Japanese as they fight. And our Philippine Islands? We are the small chickens.” Once in a great while comes a storyteller who can illuminate worlds large and small, in ways both magical and true to life. When the Elephants Dance is set in the waning days of World War II, as the Japanese and the Americans engage in a fierce battle for possession of the Philippine Islands. Through the eyes of three narrators, thirteen-year-old Alejandro Karangalan, his spirited older sister Isabelle, and Domingo, a passionate guerilla commander, we see how ordinary people find hope for survival where none seems to exist. While the Karangalan family and their neighbors huddle together for survival in the cellar of a house, they tell magical stories to one another based on Filipino myth that transport the listeners from the chaos of the war around them and give them new resolve to continue fighting. Outside the safety of their refuge the war rages on—fiery bombs torch the countryside, Japanese soldiers round up and interrogate innocent people, and from the hills guerilla fighters wage a desperate campaign against the enemy. Inside the cellar, these men, women, and children put their hopes and dreams on hold as they wait out the war. This stunning debut novel celebrates with richness and depth the spirit of the Filipino people and their fascinating story and marks the introduction of an author who will join the ranks of writers such as Arundhati Roy, Manil Suri, and Amy Tan.