Chee-lin : a giraffe's journey /

Eighty years before Columbus, China sent ships to explore the world. The Chinese discovered many marvelous things, but one discovery stood out above the others: the chee-lin. This chee-lin was just a giraffe, but to the Chinese, it was an omen of good fortune so rare that it had appeared only once b...

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Main Author: Rumford, James, 1948-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
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Summary:Eighty years before Columbus, China sent ships to explore the world. The Chinese discovered many marvelous things, but one discovery stood out above the others: the chee-lin. This chee-lin was just a giraffe, but to the Chinese, it was an omen of good fortune so rare that it had appeared only once before-- at the birth of Confucius. In a storybook of chapters, in which each page evokes the richness of faraway places and long-ago days, James Rumford traced the chee-lin's journey from Africa to Bengal to China, weaving a tale not just of a giraffe but of the people he meets along the way.--From publisher.
Item Description:Illustrations rendered using casein; backgrounds rendered using a computer.
Physical Description:1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm.
Awards:Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009
ISBN:9780618717200
061871720X