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Zarafa: The Giraffe Who Walked to the King Hardcover – June 11, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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St. George recounts a true story of a giraffe’s journey from infancy to fame in this handsome picture book. In 1824 the viceroy of Egypt, wanting the two countries to be good friends, decided to give the king of France a giraffe, an animal of unimaginable exoticism at the time. The story follows Zarafa as she sailed on a tiny boat down the Nile to Alexandria, boarded a much bigger ship to cross the Mediterranean, and then walked more than 500 miles with her beloved handlers to be presented to the king. Although there isn’t much drama other than charting Zarafa’s moods, which, according to St. George, were almost uniformly cheerful, Zarafa’s sensational impact on the people around her is readily apparent on every page.   Spencer’s winsome artwork, though verging on stereotype at times, is the highlight here, with scenes of cheering and amazed crowds surrounding the placid and magnificent Zarafa. Even if giraffes are ho-hum for some children,  the sheer exuberance caused by the animal’s spectacle at every step of her journey is undeniably infectious. Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman

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In her trademark witty yet informational style, St. George relates this epic journey with a jaunty text and quick, parenthetical quips. ---Kirkus Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susie on April 30, 2011
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I use Five in a Row curriculum with my daughter in our home school. One of the books that is suggested is The Giraffe that Walked to Paris, which is a wonderful book. I was able to check it out of our library via Inter Library Loan, but was not able to obtain a copy of my own as it has been out of print for quite some time, Folks were asking $100 on average (I see they have come down now). I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Zarafa printed! This is the same story (told just a bit differently) about the same giraffe and the same journey (which is true, buy the way). The pictures are lovely too. It is not a perfect fit for our FIAR studies, but it is a nice substitute. I have no problem recommending this lovely book to anyone.
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By Mrs. Mica on July 10, 2014
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Non fiction tale with gorgeous illustrations.
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This is one of my favorite stories. A must read for adults as well as children. The illustrations are really cute as well.
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By Margo Carlson on January 3, 2013
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Our whole family loves this book about the real giraffe who walked to Paris. It is an amazing story. I recently saw a French collection of white on white quilts from the 1700's, one of which had a giraffe stitched into the pattern!
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