Giraffe for France
Illustrations by Sophie Blackall
In 1827 a strange and exotic party set out from the port city of Marseille, en route from Alexandria, to walk to Paris. For forty days, people lined the roads to watch the passing of the majestic procession: the first giraffe to arrive on French soil was slowly making her way to her new zoological home, stopping every now and them to sample the trees along the way.
Thjs charming book tells the true story of a creature fêted by a nation, garlanded by the aristocracy, who ate rose petals from the hand of the king. Finely detailed historical illustrations show the giraffe emerging from relative obscurity to be depicted as one of the world's weirdest mammals, once regarded as part camel, part hyena. Specially commissioned art-works help tell the tale of the epic journey. This is a beautifully illustrated gift book for children or adults.
ISBN 0 949284 41 6
48 pages Hardback
210mm x 210mm
$29.95 inc GST