Friday, October 14, 2011

FIAR: The elusive Giraffe That Walked to Paris

A friend from co-op lent us the hard-to-find book The Giraffe that Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton and illustrated by Roger Roth. (Thank you Steph!) :) We are rowing it for Five in a Row this week. It is a pleasure to read, the story is a true one based on a gift given to the King of France from the Pasha of Egypt in the late 1820's. The illustrations are beautiful, in soft colors and extremely detailed. W and C both liked this story, it is quite long so I was pleased that C listened too.

I always wanted to go to Paris in the fall.

We found many materials online to accompany this book. Check out this paper printable of Paris from Made by Joel, an artist's website. It am a dork about paper dolls, so I was in heaven, but W even liked them. We printed the pdf on cardstock so it will last longer and W had fun coloring in all the people for the city. We will continue using this for our French lessons with HOP, Muzzy, and the First Thousand Words in French. We found a Giraffe coloring book page which resized nicely to go along with our city.

Thank you to the Pumpkin Patch blog for your free lapbook for The Giraffe that Walked to Paris. This covered vocabulary words, which months go in which seasons, a wind science experiment, learning about giraffes, geography, and history. Jacob is planning a Daddy lesson on measurement to go along with this theme too. 

Now I just wish la Girafe would come back in print!


  1. I really think this is awesome. I am teaching from FIAR to my son, and we haven't come to this book yet. I was looking and planning ahead for it though, and plan on making a paper city of Paris as well. Thank you for sharing what you have taught with your boys. Sincerely, Karen

  2. I didn't see a way to write you, but also wanted to mention that has a lot of great resources for FIAR books. I find the majority of my ideas from them. When you go there, just plug in the name of the book in the google search bar. Scroll down, and click on the resources page. It shows all kinds of things you can teach for the book of the week. Thank you again for sharing your homeschool journey. I am homeschooling my kindergarten son. Karen

  3. Thanks Karen! I just started following your blog, I love seeing what other homeschoolers are working on. By the way, I am a big Anne of Green Gables fan too I love collecting L.M. Montgomery books and hoping to somehow get my boys into it, lol! :)

    1. I love Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea movies. The show "Chronicles of Avonlea" is another favorite of mine. Good luck getting your boys into it. I am having trouble teaching "Madeline" from the FIAR books to my lil' man. He thinks its too "girly". Today I am going to emphasize on the tiger. I hope it helps. LOL

  4. The paper city Paris will also work with the FIAR books Madeline and How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.