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The Giraffe That Walked to Paris Hardcover – June 21, 2013


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From Publishers Weekly

What is the perfect gift for the king who has everything? In this fact-based picture book, the unusual present is a giraffe. In 1826 the pasha of Egypt offers to ship a giraffe to France as a gesture of peace and friendship. Travel arrangements are made and passage secured for the animal, her attendants and the three cows necessary to provide her with milk during the journey. The logistics become a bit sticky when the long-necked creature arrives in Marseilles. The only conceivable way to transport her to see the king in Paris is to walk--which she does. A zoo becomes the giraffe's eventual home and all of France enjoys seeing her there for many years. Milton's long-winded text is a bit lengthy for a picture book, but its light tone and historical significance should hook curious young readers. However, the story lacks a genuine sense of fun or spirit of adventure, which may turn some children off. Roth's pencil and watercolor illustrations feature a subdued, earthy palette and predominantly smiling people and animals. The art, though skillfully executed, adds little zip to the tale. Ages 5-9.
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Grade 1-3-- Although this resembles a picture book, it is actually, and surprisingly, nonfiction. In an attempt to improve relations between Egypt and France, who were on opposite sides of the Greek war of independence in the 1820s, the pasha of Egypt presented King Charles X with a giraffe, the first in Europe in over three centuries. But in the days before aircraft, how do you send a large, ungainly animal such a long way? The answer is depicted in this book--a sea : voyage to Marseilles, and then a six-week march to Paris. The brief text is written in a chatty style that deals effectively with the logistics of the move and its historical underpinnings. It also includes details that will appeal to young readers: the custom-made giraffe raincoat necessitated by France's cooler climate, the need for a cow in the entourage to provide La Girafe's daily rations, the unusual way a giraffe moves its legs in walking. The illustrations are attractive pastel cartoons and one full-color photograph of the giraffe's stuffed remains, still on display at La Rochelle. The book concludes with a historical note briefly outlining the background of the story. A charming illumination of one of history's more obscure footnotes. --Barbara Hutcheson, Greater Victoria Public Library, B.C., Canada
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Purple House Press; First Edition edition (June 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930900678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930900677
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Emmons on April 25, 2014
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We really enjoy reading this book. We bought it for the Five in a Row unit study homeschooling program we're following, but it's a treat for just anybody. The story is well told, neither too wordy nor too cutesy and brief. The pictures are delightful and expressive, pleasant to look at again and again. The author and illustrator included historical notes and a map at the end of the story, which my boys love to view and trace the giraffe's journey. I would not have known about this story without FIAR. I am glad it is back in print and I can definitely say it is worth buying!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue Chafin on February 13, 2013
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This classic children's book is a must...all 3 of my grandsons have enjoyed having it read to them. I ordered this as one of the recommended FIAR books, although hard to find, was well worth the money.
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I agree that this book has lovely illustrations, but I thought the writing was just... okay. I would have edited this one down significantly, and hope that I would have caught the glaring typo! (I don't have the book in front of me, otherwise I would specify the typo and page #.) My two year old seems to like the book well enough -- she sat through the whole thing and has requested it several times, which says a lot given its wordiness. I try not to buy children's books that I have not at least skimmed beforehand, but I broke my own rule with this one (the story sounds SO interesting, and the illustrations are obviously gorgeous!) and regret it (given the price).
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By herbalrocks4us on May 18, 2015
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Absolutely LOVE this book! We read it for a school assignment and fell in love with the giraffe! It was so neat that it is a TRUE story! There are several versions but we wanted this one only .... after we'd read the rest....Searched for it quite some time because we wanted to buy it but it was out of print...So we were so glad when Amazon had it for sale! The pictures are very well done and it's just the BEST version out there! Our son saw the actual giraffe from the book when he was serving his church mission in France. She is preserved there in a museum....
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