First the Movie, Then the Book
It’s not every time you see a documentary that you get to meet its subject right after. Or that you know — before the film is over and even more once you’ve heard the subject address the audience — that you want to write a book about her for kids. Or that the subject agrees to let you do it!
But it happened for me after seeing The Woman Who Loves Giraffes at the Bookshelf Cinema in Guelph!
It turned out that Anne Innis Dagg lives not far from where I live, so there were lots of opportunities for us to meet as work on the book progressed.
“That’s super!” Anne said often, and also, “No, Kathy, you can’t say the thorns on acacia trees don’t hurt giraffe mouths. We don’t know that for sure.”
Fortunately the writing and revising of text was done before covid struck, and although we would have enjoyed meeting every time François Thisdale sent another few roughs or a final piece of art, we were nonetheless happy to see his illustrations — a wonderful combination of photos and painting — taking shape.
A story of passion, determination, a scientific African adventure, gender discrimination, triumph, and animal conservation, The Girl Who Loved Giraffes and became the world’s first giraffologist has it all! It also includes lots of fun facts about giraffes, which will be of particular interest for readers not yet ready for Anne’s own book, Five Giraffes.
And don’t forget to see “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes” too, available on iTunes.
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.