West With Giraffes

by Lynda Rutledge
Based on an actual event, West with Giraffes is an endearing story about transporting two young giraffes across the country in 1938. 17-year-old Woody, a dust bowl orphan, finds his way to NY during the hurricane of 1938 and ends up driving across the country with a scrappy older man,  Riley, to deliver the giraffes to the San Diego Zoo.West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge  #historicalfiction, #reading, #bookstoread, #books,

Discussion Questions

1. Life during the Great Depression

2. Value of such a historical novel for perspective of current hard times

3. The Dust Bowl and other ecological issues then/now and our part in them

4. Human's relationships with and obligation to animals (and other humans)

5. Endangered/extinct species--why it matters: Old Man's sky-blanketing passenger pigeons (pp. 2, 86, 238)

6. Treatment of Blacks in those times vs. now

7. Treatment of women in those times vs. now

8. Treatment of the very elderly

9. Zoos vs. circuses - then/now

10. Tolerance of lying and stealing in desperate times

11. The unanswered questions about the Old Man's past and why the Author left us to wonder

12. Red's "bucket list": The spectre of a weak heart/short life to fuel her culture-busting dream-chasing

13. How childhood shapes us and how much power we have to change it

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