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.
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.
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.
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
This story of friendship and loyalty are sure to enchant readers of all ages and the entire family will enjoy following Clara’s journey across the world.
– New York Journal of Books
Clara wins the hearts of everyone as she and the Captain travel all over Europe. Her image appears on posters, coins, statuettes, and art in museums. She finally returns to Holland where the Captain provides Clara a home of her own. A map shows Clara’s extensive travels through Europe. Bold, colorful artwork enhances the story.