Title: Anne and Her Tower of Giraffes
Author: Karlin Gray
Major Themes: Zoology, Giraffes, Animals, Anne Innis Dagg, Picture Book Biography
Synopsis: When she couldn’t find any books about giraffes, the animal she loved more than all others, Anne Innis Dagg went to Africa and studied them herself!
It’s always a treat to come across a new picture book biography, especially about a person I’ve never heard of before. This evening, I read Anne and Her Tower of Giraffes to my younger children. We had fun reading it and enjoying the beautiful pictures.
Anne was only four when she first saw a giraffe at the Chicago zoo. She immediately fell in love with these tall, beautiful creatures. When she learned to read, she searched for books about them – and found nothing. She went to university and studied zoology—still nothing about giraffes.
After she finished studying, Anne went to Africa to study giraffes herself. She went to live on a game reserve for a year, and spent the whole year intensely studying these beautiful creatures. Then, she tried to share her findings with other people. No one seemed to be interested, however. No university would hire her, because she was a woman. Eventually, she had to write and publish her own book about giraffes.
Anne and Her Tower of Giraffes is a beautiful picture book, and a fascinating story about a person who followed her passion. Dr. Anne Innis Dagg was so interested in giraffes that she did not let anything get in the way of studying them. At the end of the book are several pages of information about her and her work, and an interview with her. This is quite an interesting story.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Listening Level—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12
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