Monday, January 24, 2011

Great Heights Week - A Giraffe Adventure

Eighty years before Columbus made his incredible journey, a giraffe sailed from his African home to China. It was there that he was named after a mythical Chinese creature that was thought to bring good luck. Chee-Lin: A Giraffe’s Journey is a jewel of a book with drop dead gorgeous illustrations. Children will find parts of it sad. Loosing one’s freedom is always sad. But they will delight in Chee-Lin’s special relationships and their imaginations will be sparked by far away cultures in a long ago time.

Ages 4-8

Activity: Here is a pretty-nifty easy-to-access animal geography game. You know that giraffes come from Africa, but where do these other animals come from?


  1. Giraffe' are my favorite animal. I always think they look so majestic. This sounds like a very interesting story, but it is hard to think of a giraffe that isn't free. Nice review.

  2. There are also some books that I'm interested in reading about a giraffe named Zarafa who was sent as a gift from the ruler of Egypt to the King of France in 1824. The reviews for the one for adults titled, "Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story, from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris" whet my appetite. It's going on my soon to read list!

  3. The Giraffe That Walked to Paris is another great Giraffe read- I think it is the same story as the one your reference in your comment, but a picture book. Thanks for the book recommendations! I have ordered this one from our library and I put the one about the tallest man on my amazon wish list (our library did not have it:().

  4. I forgot that this is where I first saw this book! I am participating in a picture book challenge, and just realized that 3 of the books I have reviewed came from your suggestions. You do them much more justice than I do. Thank you so much for sharing. We have enjoyed all of your suggestions.