Zeraffa Giraffa, Hardback
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This is the astonishing true story of Zeraffa, a giraffe who was sent as a gift from Egypt to France in 1826.

A young boy, Atir, takes care of Zeraffa on her epic journey and the sailors sing songs as she gazes down at them.

In France, Atir leads her through the countryside, and thousands of people marvel at Zeraffa.

Paris falls in love with Zeraffa. The King builds her a special house in the Jardin des Plantes.

On warm nights, the young princess visits, while Atir whispers stories to Zeraffa of a hot land far away.

The amazing story by an award-winning author of a giraffe's extraordinary voyage from Africa to Paris.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781847803443


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In 1824, the Pasha of Egypt and Sudan entrusts his servant boy Atir to transport a young giraffe to Paris as a gift for King Charles X of France. The arrival of Zeraffa creates a nationwide sensation. A handsomely illustrated true story, but without source notes or a bibliography.