The Girl Who Loved Giraffes
And Became the World's First Giraffologist
When Anne Innis saw her first giraffe in a zoo, she was entranced. So much so that a love for giraffes shaped her whole life. She decided at a young age that she would one day travel from her home in Canada to study giraffes in their natural environment in Africa.
After overcoming obstacles to doing so based on her gender, Anne succeeded in fulfilling her dream in 1956 and became the world's leading scientific expert on giraffes.
Gender discrimination then interfered with her ability to share her passionate interest and her knowledge with students. The disheartening injustice of it led her into work championing equal rights for women.
Anne eventually gained the recognition she deserved for her remarkable achievements in the field of animal behaviour. By then giraffe numbers in the wild were dwindling and she became devoted to helping save them.
In The Girl Who Loved Giraffes: And Became the World's First Giraffologist, Kathy Stinson and Franï¿½ois Thisdale have created a gem of a book that captures the dramatic story of Anne's life, the majestic beauty of giraffes, and fascinating facts about this most intriguing and magnificent creature.
Anne Innis Dagg herself is thrilled that the book will cause young readers to fall in love with giraffes as she did, and bring their attention to the cause dearest to her heart, that of giraffe conservation. Readers are bound to fall in love with Anne, too.
About this Author
Kathy has loved reading all her life but was almost thirty before she discovered she loves writing too. She has become the author of over 30 books for young people including the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin based on the imagined experience of a child hearing Joshua Bell play in a Washington metro station.
Mother, stepmother, and grandmother, Kathy is still an avid reader. When not reading or writing, she enjoys photography, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and walking her dog in the woods and fields near her home in Rockwood, Ontario.
has been creating images for children's books for thirty years. His art consists of a unique blend of drawing, photography, and richly textured painting.
Franï¿½ois' work has won, among others, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and the Notable Books for a Global Society Award (Missing Nimï¿½mï¿½), and the IBBY Honor List (The Stamp Collector). That Squeak by Carolyn Beck was a finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, and was selected as an Honor Book for the Elizabeth-Mrazik Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award.
Franï¿½ois lives near Montreal, Quebec.
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