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Chee-Lin: A Giraffe's Journey Hardcover – 22 Sep 2008


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Indian Ocean Exploration 13 Nov. 2008
By AWAIR Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful way to begin to teach the Indian Ocean as a trade route. After all, we do teach the Silk Road, the Cous-cous and Flatbread Trails, now let's teach how the Chinese fleet under fifteenth century Chinese Admiral Mohammed Zheng He (yes, he was a Muslim) in 1412 brought a giraffe from East Africa to the court of the Emperor of China. (See the work of Gavin Menzies and others for adults.) So here, James Rumford has given us a work that delights and informs adults as much as it does children. All of his works bear the hallmark of his gentle, authentic, and delightful illustrations. From the initial voyage from Malindi (coast of present-day Kenya) to its destination in China, each page introduces us to a far-away place, while each page's design is inspired by African baskets and textiles, Persian tiles, Indian silks, Chinese brocades, porcelain and cloisonne.
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A vivid, memorable history of the giraffe's impact on the world 17 Nov. 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
CHEE-LIN: A GIRAFFE'S JOURNEY is set eighty years before Columbus, when China sent ships to explore the world - there to find the mysterious 'chee-lin', or giraffe. This story of the 'chee-lin' and its journey to China is a pick for kids with good picturebook reading skills: it reads like fiction with drama and excitement but provides a vivid, memorable history of the giraffe's impact on the world.
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Chee-Lin : A Giraffe's journey -picture book 10 May 2014
By Mrs Fiona M Deppeler - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book as a teaching resource which was the main reason for purchase. Very difficult to obtain so pleased for the copy on Amazon.
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Incredible, lyrical tale of Tweega the Chee-Lin 23 Aug. 2013
By WeeBeaks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the tale of Tweega (Swahili for "giraffe") and his journey from his home in Africa, captured and taken across the continents, ending finally in Peking more than 20 years later. Along the way, Tweega meets different people and experiences new things.

What is unique and wonderful about this book is not the plot as it is, but the beautiful lyrical language and gorgeous illustrations. This book really was a treat to read aloud and look at with my kids. It is quite long for a picture book, and is best probably broken up over several days or more. Each 2-page spread really serves as a chapter or section, and can be broken up that way.

The first pages tell of what a chee-lin is (mythological horned beast) and an omen of good fortune to the Chinese.

If you read this, notice at the back the nice map of the world highlighting Tweega's travels. I wish I had noted this first so we could have referenced it during the story.

This book is definitely a 5-star read, not to be missed.
Must Have 4 July 2014
By citiegirl - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a keeper. A teacher's must have. The art work is stunning! The story is true, and at times heart breaking.
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