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“Run, Jenny, quickly! Don't let them take you to the zoo! Find a new home, my dear!”

In the chaos following a car accident, little Jenny Giraffe escapes into the streets of the bustling French Quarter of New Orleans. Rushing up one street and down another, she struggles to find a hiding place from the zookeeper.

After finding safety in a quiet courtyard, Jenny meets Claude and Angelle, a pair of artists who agree to help her stay out of the hands of the zookeeper. The couple encourages Jenny to pursue her great passion—painting.

Because of the many street performers in the French Quarter, Jenny roams freely, appearing to be an elaborately costumed entertainer. But how long can a giraffe go without being discovered? Can Jenny remain anonymous as she gains recognition as a talented painter?

A delightful, entertaining adventure through the French Quarter, this book introduces children to the culturally diverse community of New Orleans. Through Jenny's journey as an artist, the story encourages children to pursue their dreams and accept each other's differences. The little giraffe will surely steal the hearts of readers everywhere.

Cecilia Casrill Dartez, a resident of New Orleans, is a former elementary-school teacher and writes for several newsletters and magazines in the area. A popular lecturer and storyteller, she often addresses schools, libraries, and other organizations on Louisiana history, lifestyles, and culture.

Illustrator Shelby Wilson is a native of Natchez, Mississippi. She is a commercial artist residing in New Orleans.

Read more of Jenny Giraffe's adventures and other books by Cecilia Casrill Dartez:

Jenny Giraffe and the Streetcar Party, Jenny Giraffe's Mardi Gras Ride, Jenny Giraffe Discovers Papa Noël, L Is for Louisiana, The Louisiana Plantation Coloring Book, A Marmac Guide to New Orleans: 4th Edition

About the Author

Cecilia Casrill Dartez holds a bachelor of arts degree from Tulane University. She completed her graduate studies in reading instruction and psychology at Tulane University and Princeton University. A certified elementary-school teacher in the state of Louisiana, Dartez worked as a teacher in New Orleans for many years. She is a popular presenter at schools, libraries, conventions, and other organizations, giving lively lectures on New Orleans and Louisiana. As a licensed New Orleans tour guide, she has led walking and riding tours throughout the city and at neighboring plantation homes.

Dartez’s other books include Jenny Giraffe’s Mardi Gras Ride, Jenny Giraffe Discovers Papa Noël, Jenny Giraffe Discovers the French Quarter, Jenny Giraffe and the Streetcar Party, and The Louisiana Plantation Coloring Book, all published by Pelican. She has worked as a featured editor and writer for TravelHost magazine’s New Orleans edition and has contributed to various other regional publications.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 - 3
  • Series: Jenny Giraffe Series
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; First edition. edition (February 28, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882898191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882898193
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles Henry Higgensworth III on October 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
New Orleans - it's a beautiful town of old-world architecture and elegance, but it has its dark side - runaway crime, gory black magic, and a red light district the size of Nebraska. Jenny is a willful girl from a sheltered background out on her own for the first time. Shortly after coming to town she falls in with feckless group of hyenas, and is soon taking a wild tour of the Big Easy's seamy side. A noisy altercation after a late night on the town lands her on the bad side of a thuggish hippopotamus named Puffin, whose ruthless gang of wolverines dominates every contraband market in the Quarter. Meanwhile a cabal of voodoo priests is out for Jenny's neck - literally - as they need her larynx (as well as an otter's tonsil) for a purification ceremony that a rich client has ordered. Jenny pulls through with her wits and her dignity more or less intact, although she does debase herself rather horribly to get her share of beads during Mardi Gras (something that we can both forgive and understand in light of her neck length). All told a gripping story that can serve as a cautionary tale for any young creature leaving the game reserve for the bright lights of sin city.
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