Giraffe that Walked to Paris Nancy Milton & Roger Roth

Giraffe that Walked to Paris

Author: Nancy Milton & Roger Roth
$19.95 1995
ISBN 978193090067732 pages10.375 x 9.25 inches hardcover
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Here is the beguiling true story of the first giraffe ever to live in Europe. The year was 1826, and the giraffe belonged to the pasha of Egypt, who decided to give her as a gift to the king of France. The giraffe journeyed first by boat to Marseilles, then on foot through the towns and villages of France, all the way to Paris. Her arrival in the capital was celebrated with a splendid royal parade, and everywhere she went she caused a sensation. “Its light tone and historical significance should hook curious young readers.” —Publishers Weekly

Here is the beguiling true story of the first giraffe ever to live in Europe. The year was 1826, and the giraffe belonged to the pasha of Egypt, who decided to give her as a gift to the king of France.

The giraffe journeyed first by boat to Marseilles, then on foot through the towns and villages of France, all the way to Paris. Her arrival in the capital was celebrated with a splendid royal parade, and everywhere she went she caused a sensation.


“Its light tone and historical significance should hook curious young readers.” —Publishers Weekly