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My Travels With Clara Hardcover – September 10, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892368802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892368808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This charming picture book captures the childhood feeling of awe during that maiden voyage to the zoo and the realization that there are creatures larger than we are.  . . . This brief journey back in time brings a present-day immediacy to the feeling of wonder that animals inspire in us all.” –Shelf-Awareness



iParenting Media Awards Outstanding Product of 2007



Bronze medalist in 2007 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Non-Fiction Picture Book

About the Author

Mary Tavener Holmes is an independent scholar from New York who specializes in French eighteenth-century paintings and drawings. She is the author of numerous publications, including Nicolas Lancret: Dance Before a Fountain and A Magic Mirror: The Portrait in France, 1700–1900, with George T. M. Shackelford. Jon Cannell is the owner of Jon Cannell Design and Illustration. He has worked for such clients as Starbucks Coffee Company, Chronicle Books, the Harvard Business Review, and UNICEF. 


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Mary Tavener Holmes was graduated with a MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. For more than 30 years, she has worked as a curator, author and teacher in the field of European art, specializing in eighteenth-century French drawings and paintings. She is the author of numerous publications on that subject, including Nicolas Lancret: Dance before a Fountain and A Magic Mirror: The Portrait in France, 1700-1900, with George T.M. Shackelford. She has written several award-winning children's books, including My Travels with Clara and A Giraffe goes to Paris (with John Harris). She lives in New York city with her three kids and two cats, and she loves the Yankees!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Weber on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The friend who recommended this book told me that if I bought it, I'd want to keep it for myself instead of passing it on to a child, & she was right. Not only is the tale itself a marvel--the true story of a rhinoceros who is adopted by a Dutch sea captain, sails around the world, and becomes a celebrity throughout eighteenth-century Europe--but the writing is tremendously graceful, and the illustrations are divine. Clara the rhino is as endearing as any of the great critters of children's literature, from Babar to Olivia to the Velveteen Rabbit. In the end, I fell so in love with her that I couldn't, as my friend warned, part with the book once I bought it. But I've since purchased several other copies--for both the adults and children in my life--and Clara's travels have enchanted them all.
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I loved this book and so did the 7 and 8 year old that I got it for! It's informative and fun to read and the bonus that it is factual makes it an excellent book for many age groups. I liked the pictures as well but the story is the thing! A wonderful book for kids that like animals and history or just a good story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CVS on February 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a treasure! It promotes an appreciation of not only the rewarding act of loving an animal as a member of one's own family, but also the idea that antiques or "old things" can have a fascinating story to tell. Done in scrapbook-style with cursive writing, drawings, and real photographs of objects pertaining to Clara's Grand Tour through Europe. Enjoy!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Landry on April 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Overall, I would have to say the written context of this book is okay. However, once you start reading, it mentions that Clara likes to drink beer and that she likes it when her owner smokes. I understand that this book is based in the 1700s and that was a part of everyday life back then. However, if you are a teacher or work professionally with children you need to be warned about that. Several parents will be offended/angered. I don't even understand why anyone would write about beer and smoking in a children's book anyway. It doesn't even have any strong ties in the story. It's just a side note; however, it's a side note that can turn into quite the controversy.
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