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Zarafa: The Giraffe Who Walked to the King

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Zarafa is a beautiful and gentle giraffe . . . so wonderful, in fact, that the ruler of Egypt offers her as a gift to the king of France! But how to get her there? Why, she sails up the Nile by felucca, crosses the sea by brigantine, and, yes, walks the last five hundred miles to Paris. People love it. And they love her, meeting and greeting her along the way, cheering her ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Philomel
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Oct 01, 2013 Tami rated it really liked it
Zarafa is the fascinating true story of a singular giraffe. In 1827 the King of Egypt, in an effort to improve political relations, sent a giraffe to King Charles X of France as a gift. This is the story of that giraffe's journey.

Zarafa was captured at the age of 2 in North Africa. Too young to travel yet to the capital of Alexandria, she lived in a small village, nurtured and milk-fed by the villagers. When she was old enough they sailed her down the Nile in a boat built specifically to transpo
Jun 22, 2013 Amelia rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-aloud
This was a lovely idea for a story but it just falls flat. There doesn't really seem to be any point to the story. A nice, much loved giraffe traveled from Africa to France. You don't learn anything more from the story than that. This could have been a lovely opportunity to talk about the cultures she encountered along the way, other animals, or to teach some sort of life lesson about travel, adventure, or accepting the differences of others, even a little poetry in the writing would have ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Shelli rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this non-fiction picture book telling of the gift of a Giraffe from the ruler of Egypt, Muhammad Ali, to the king of France, King Charles X, in 1824. Such a gift required years of work, planning and help. Many people along the journey had never seen such an exotic and strange creature, making the adventure that much more exciting. A fun colorfully illustrated and informative book that kids and parents will both enjoy.
Jan 23, 2013 Reese rated it did not like it
I learned so much when I read this book because it is based on a true story however i felt that the story was poorly written. I also thought that the illustrations were not as engaging as they could be.
Karen Arendt
Interesting true story. I like Judith St. George's books, so when I saw this one I had to read it. I also like giraffes, so I was curious. This would be a great story to share with kindergarten or first grade for animals.
Feb 24, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing
True story about a giraffe that made the journey to France as a gift to the king. This book can help explain in a colorful and interesting way to children what a non-fiction book is all about. It can also be used tohelp children locate far away places on a map.
Mary Train
Mar 30, 2010 Mary Train rated it it was ok
Although the concept of the story was a good one...a gift of a giraffe to the king of France, the story reads as if a first-grader wrote it. Sorry...
Jan 17, 2010 Christopher rated it it was ok
Meh. Too much description but not enough story. Illustrations are cartoonish. Yet, the story is rather descriptive and does not match the pictures. Blah, just blah!
Sep 12, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Shorter than "The King's Giraffe" by Mary Jo Collier, with more playful illustrations. Not as much detail, but does contain some different information than the other book, and a map of the journey.
Mar 19, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Cole and I really enjoyed this true story of a giraffe who was a gift from Muhammad Ali, the viceroy of Egypt, to King Charles X of France in 1824. Great illustrations, too!
Mar 04, 2013 Vee rated it liked it
Lovely artwork to accompany this true story about a giraffe that traveled from the Sudan all the way to Paris, France.
Jan 22, 2014 BeastBoy rated it did not like it
A baby giraffe is kidnapped from her mother, put on a boat, and then forced to walk 500 miles to be given to the King of France.
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Aug 06, 2015 Teri rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Always fun to find a true story about animals with maps included. :)
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Aug 12, 2010 Dee rated it it was amazing
Great story and illustrations. I really like the illustrator Britt Spencer. He also did Fleas.
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