Born over one hundred years ago in Africa, the original Jumbo made his unsuccessful debut at the Paris zoo. The undersized elephant was traded to the London zoo for a large rhinoceros who seemed capable of pleasing the French zoo keepers. In London, Jumbo suddenly grew until he was the largest elephant ever owned by the zoo. In 1881, after seventeen years in London, Jumbo was shipped to America to join Barnum's circus. When he was killed by a train four years later, millions of Americans read of the famous pachyderm's death in front page news stories. The ensuing controversy between England and the United States over Jumbo is recorded here in print and contemporary cartoons. An interesting, easy-to-road account with appropriate pictures from the contemporary record as well as additional decorations by Faith Jaques.