Friday, August 20, 2010

A Giraffe Goes to Paris by Mary Tavener Holmes and John Harris

A giraffe in Paris?! That's the story behind this sweetly illustrated story of Belle, a giraffe given by an Egyptian dignitary to King Charles X of France. A giraffe is a pretty fancy gift, but how did you fit one onto a boat? Cut a hole in the roof! How do you make sure the giraffe's feet are okay? Make her some shoes? How do you protect her from the rain? Get her a raincoat! In with the illustrations are artifacts from the actual giraffe's journey in 1827. Told through the eyes of Atir, Belle's companion and caretaker, it's a great blend of truth and fiction, and a fun book to read.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Zarafa: The Giraffe Who Walked to the King by Judith St. George
Zarafa by Michael Allin
The Story of Babar by Laurent de Brunhoff
Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey
My Travels with Clara by Mary Tavener Holmes

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