Zeraffa Giraffa

Zeraffa Giraffa Book CoverZeraffa was a female giraffe who lived in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris for 18 years.  She was a gift from Muhammad Ali of Egypt to King Charles X of France. Magical watercolor illustrations, with detailed decorative patterns bring exotic Zeraffa’s 2,000 mile journey down the Nile, three-week sail across the sea, and 550 mile walk across France to life. When she arrived in 1827, all of Paris fell in love with her. Bakers even baked giraffe biscuits. The beautiful, lush text creates a fairytale sense of wonder in this true story. An author’s note tells more about Zeraffa. mjw
Title: Zeraffa Giraffa
Author: Dianne Hofmeyer
Illustrator
: Jane Ray
Publisher
: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Copyright
: 2014
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1847803443
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: France
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: Sunday Times Culture Magazine Children’s Book of the Week
Subjects
: Africa, Egypt, Europe, France, Giraffes, Human-animal relationships, Northern Africa, Paris, Sudan, Western Europe, Zoo animals

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