The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
In 1824 the Pasha of Egypt gave a baby giraffe to the King of France. Along with her keeper, Atir, Zeraffa Giraffa travelled over 4000 miles, sailing down the Nile, across the Mediterranean and then walking 550 miles from Marseilles to Paris. Zeraffa arrived in 1827, the first giraffe ever seen in France. All Paris fell in love with her. Gardeners clipped giraffe hedges; ladies twisted their hair into styles à la Girafe; dogs wore spotted jackets.
Each beautiful jewel-coloured illustration evokes magical stories and the poetic text is perfect for parents to read aloud. An extraordinary true story.