By: Jan Wahl, Illustrations by Laurent Gapaillard, hardcover, 48 pages, ages 6-8
When a giraffe is taken from its beloved acacia grove in Africa and sets sail for France, it does not welcome the adventure at first. Everything is foreign; nothing is familiar. Taking his cue from the imagined perspective of the captive, author Jan Wahl crafts a sympathetic tale with roots in reality. Meanwhile, French artist Laurent Gapaillard's arresting landscapes offer a panoramic view of each episode, reinforcing the scope of The Long Tall Journey made by a 19th-century exotic gift.