Author Tags: Illustration

Ainslie Manson’s thirteenth children’s book, A Giraffe Called Geranium (Red Diamond / Sandhill $19.95) was inspired by her trip to Uganda where her niece manages safari camps. Manson learned about poaching problems and the need to protect giraffes, prompting her to create a whimsical story about a giraffe that makes an inexplicable appearance in a West Coast garden. A girl named Susanna comforts and names the giraffe, but it’s homesick for the African savannah—so they set sail for Africa.

Manson gave the story to West Vancouver artist Mary Baker as a 60th birthday present. Baker previously illustrated a 2010 book by Grace Chen, a young woman with Down's syndrome. Baker's art has most been sold and displayed in West Vancouver.