When the apartment building in which she lives is sold, Idora, a bored and lonely giraffe, decides to make a big change in her life
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
Kindergarten-Grade 2-A reclusive, lonely giraffe is horrified when her elephant neighbor informs her that their apartment building is about to be demolished. Fearful of change, Idora remains after all her fellow tenants have left. Despondent, she feels there is nothing left for her in life, until suddenly she devises a plan. She will take the train south to the seashore, where she has always longed to be, make friends, and begin an adventurous new life. The introspective text is abrupt and choppy. Interesting ideas and characters are put forth but not realized. Readers need to know much more about the outcome of Idora's decision for the plot to be cohesive and satisfying. The impressive, eloquent, impressionistic full- and double-page paintings of the giraffe living in her French riverside apartment, wandering about the dock area of the city, and leaving on the train are filled with pathos and sadness; then, a gloriously cheerful rural landscape with yellow flowered trees, rich green meadows, and distant blue hills appears through the train windows and changes the bleak mood to optimism. However, the giraffe's arrival and future life are never shown or described, leaving readers in limbo.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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Book Description Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0916291898