Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone . . . While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a

Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone . . . While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a

Based on the true story of an eighteenth-century rhino who toured Europe and started a sensation! In detailed illustrations, McCully shows Clara being introduced to Louis XV of France, Frederick the Great of Germany, and others willing to pay for a chance to stroke her soft lip. Her owner, a Dutch sea captain, keeps Clara fed (she eats 100 pounds of hay and 30 loaves of bread a day!) and watered (she drinks 14 buckets of water and beer) and takes loving care of her until her death 17 years later.

Title:Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone . . . While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a
ISBN:9780553522471
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    Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone . . . While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a Reviews

  • Steph

    Very cool story but it's pretty dense for a nonfiction picture book for kids. Halfway through I was feeling a bit restless... Again, cute story of an amazing friendship with an animal but I don't know...

  • mrs.fox

    This was a cute story with nice illustrations, but it seemed incredibly far-fetched that 18th-century exotic animal trade involved gazing into the eyes of the creatures, glimpsing their souls, and con...

  • Karen Arendt

    Interesting Historical fiction story that demonstrates the love and connection between animals and owners - even rhinos!...

  • Becky B

    This is the story of Clara, a rhino who was orphaned, taken in by colonials in India, and then bought by a sea captain who knew that Europe would pay to see such a creature. She traveled the continent...

  • Meredith

    Why is McCully obsessed with everyone gazing into Clara's soul? And this: "The captain was about to cancel Clara's appearances, but when he looked into her eyes, he was reassured. It was clear that sh...

  • Nancy Kotkin

    Text: 4 starsIllustrations: 4 starsHistorical fiction picture book. The story of a man who traveled the world with a rhinoceros, because no one at the time had ever seen one. The caring relationship b...

  • Kermit

    4.2 starsGot this title from a list of best picture books of 2016.It’s the nicely illustrated true story of a rhinoceros named Clara who traveled throughout Europe with a Dutch sea captain who had p...

  • Bethe

    Bookaday # 87. Adore the close bond that Captain Van de Meer had for Clara, really comes through in the text and illustrations. Just imagine the logistics their travels entailed, shown on maps on the ...

  • Niki Marion

    Historical story of Clara, a rhino taken in by a ship captain and paraded around Europe for queens and kings and more. For those who enjoyed ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF THE SEAS...

  • Jason

    I love picture books that dig out these unusual stories from history. It's important for kids to learn about these things and to compare how things used to be to how they are now. ...