“Run, Jenny, quickly! Don’t let them take you to the zoo! Find a new home, my dear!” urged Jenny Giraffe’s mother after the door to their truck popped open during a minor accident on the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Afraid of life in the zoo, the little giraffe did as her mother said, running down the narrow streets and slipping through an open gate into a beautiful courtyard.
Lonely and scared, Jenny is befriended by Claude and Angelle, a couple of French heritage who agree to help Jenny keep from being discovered and returned to the zoo. They tell Jenny that by mixing in with the unusual street performers and costumed entertainers, Jenny can wander through the busy streets unnoticed, and follow her true calling-painting!
About the Author
Cecilia Dartez, a resident of New Orleans, is a former elementary school teacher and currently writes for several newsletters and magazines in the area. A popular lecturer and storyteller, Dartez often addresses schools, libraries, and other organizations with discussions on Louisiana history, lifestyles, and culture. She is also the author of The Louisiana Plantation Coloring Book.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Shelby Wilson is a native of Natchez, Mississippi. She is a commercial artist currently residing in New Orleans.
JENNY GIRAFFE DISCOVERS THE FRENCH QUARTER
By Cecilia Casrill Dartez
Illustrated by Shelby Wilson
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
25 Color and b/w illustrations
ISBN: 9780882898193 hc