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An intriguing look into the past when animals were moved from one country to another as gifts. Explore the world at that time with the history and geography of that time and place.

A moving and beautiful story inspired by a work of art, Albrecht Dürer's celebrated woodcut print of the rhinoceros sent from India to Portugal in 1515.

Princess Beatrix is excited to meet the amazing one-horned creature that has been sent as a gift to her father, the King of Portugal. Could it be a unicorn?

But the new animal is not a unicorn – it’s a rhinoceros called Genda, who has travelled all the way from India, and Beatrix immediately loves him. She becomes Genda’s friend and protector, and is determined to persuade her father the King that this wild creature should be returned to his jungle home.

This poignant story is inspired by the real rhinoceros depicted in 1515 by Albrecht Dürer in his world-famous woodcut, which can still be seen today.

Dianne Hofmeyre is a multi award winning children's author. She now lives in London and originally grew up on the tip of Southern Africa.

Simona Mulazzani is one of Italy's leading children's book illustrators, winner many awards and she lives in Pesaro, Italy.

This is a perfect starting point as an investigation into life in the 16th Century. It also is a wonderfully illustrated and contextually fitting book for reading, sharing and discussions.

Sue Martin   - Children's Literacy Specialist is part of SmithMartin LLP

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