Hearty thanks to the over 100 people who tuned in to hear multiple perspectives on this picture book biography last week. Editor Bev Brenna interviewed me, illustrator François Thisdale, the book's subject Anne Innis Dagg, and Anne's daughter Mary. We got brief perspectives from cohosts Fitzhenry & Whiteside and The Bookshelf too.

Watch the recording and you'll hear excerpts, learn surprising info about details in the art, and fun facts about giraffes and about what's being done to help save them from becoming extinct. (Did you know giraffes are very much endangered?)

Francois Thisdale's workspace

Anne traveled alone to study giraffes in Africa in 1956, an unheard of thing for a woman to do at that time. She became the world's leading expert on giraffes. Now in her 80s, she is still passionate about giraffes and about removing barriers based on gender.

Why not set aside a relaxing hour to enjoy the fun. Reviews of the launch -- "amazing" "insightful" "uplifting" -- suggest it will be time well spent!


  1. wendy mason on June 9, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I was unable to watch on my old computer but I do have a copy of this wonderful book and I thank you for the personal signing to me. Means alot.

    • Kathy on June 9, 2021 at 11:14 am

      I was more than happy to do that, Wendy, and I’m glad you like the book! 🙂

  2. Janet Barclay on June 9, 2021 at 11:45 am

    I attended the launch and really enjoyed it. It was fascinating to see how the illustrator works and how all of you worked together to bring this beautiful book to life.

    • Kathy on June 9, 2021 at 11:55 am

      So glad you were able to attend and enjoyed it, Janet. It really was wonderful working on this book together and launching it was fun too!

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