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Posted January 8, 2009
What a wonderful look into history. How a failed military/scientific campaign, led to a discovery that would change our understanding of ancient culture. And how a gentle giraffe, transported from Ethiopia to Paris on a curious, wonderful journey, changed western culture in ways which we aren't even aware. Whatever the motives of the original venture, there is a goodness that surrounds Zarafa's story that transends the usual negative antics attributed to humankind in the 1800's.<BR/>This is a great book for young adults. It is a great read for anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2001
This book was OK, but not what I thought. The first few chapters tells of Egypt-French relations. Kind of hard to wade through. The book improves when the author actually gets to writing about the giraffe and her journey! I would have liked more details about Zarafa, and about her natural habitat, then go on in greater detail about her journey and the reactions of France. I did like the ending, when the author tells what happened to the giraffe and the people who dealt with her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2000
The story is not as lighthearted or lively as one might expect from the jacket notes. The first half of the book consists of fascinating but laborious history, and is far from the promised story of a giraffe's raucous journey from the Sudan to Paris. That said, there are plenty of wonderful anecdotes to keep the reader going, and the author does a great job of tying the giraffe's trip and acquaintances into the history of the places she visited. A great book to take on a trip, it really captures a lot of the harrowing aspects of travel, as well as the childlike wonder one feels at finally encountering something one has only ever seen in pictures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.