Clara the Rhino

Illustrated by Laura Fuchs
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About The Book

Based on the true story and friendship between an orphaned rhino and a sea captain in the mid-18th century.

When a baby rhino is orphaned in India with nowhere to go, a gentle sea captain from Holland—Douwe van der Meer—decides to take her to Europe with him. Clara wins the hearts of everyone—from villagers to princes, kings, and queens who have never seen a rhino before. All are delighted by the gentle giant—whose image soon appears on posters, coins, and statuettes, until the fine day when the Dutch Captain gives Clara her a home of her own. 

About The Author

Katrin Hirt is an historian and she lives with her family in Tübingen, Germany. As well as being a journalist and research assistant, she writes stories for children. Clara the Rhino is her first picture book.

About The Illustrator

Laura Fuchs grew up in the midst of the Arnsberg Forest Nature Park in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Today she lives in Hamburg, where she is currently studying illustration at the University of Applied Sciences. Her love of Nature and animals has always been the inspiration for her stories and pictures.

Product Details

  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (March 3, 2020)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780735843950
  • Grades: P - 2
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Based on historical accounts of a real rhino's travels across the world, Hirt's steady narrative and Fuchs' bright and detailed illustrations make this tale a cheerful one...

– Kirkus Reviews

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