Delicate illustrations enliven this otherwise heavy-handed work. This entry in a new series called Flavia's Dream Maker Stories concerns the ""pinkest and the tallest giraffe in her entire village,"" who doesn't like being different. She sets off on a journey, hoping to find a way to make herself look like everyone else. One day, she is awakened by a talking, enchanted tree, who has ""watched many come to the forest in search of answers."" The tree tells wordy stories of an owl who had to wear glasses, and of a turtle who was smaller than others in her village. Like them, the pink giraffe comes to understand the tree's ""message"": Her differences make her special. A noble effort that comes off preachy and predictable.