THE STORY OF GIRAFFE by Ronald Hermsen

THE STORY OF GIRAFFE

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Noah tells Giraffe that he can’t board the Ark without a girl giraffe. Giraffe starts his search by asking his friends. Mouse is no help. Fish, at least, teaches Giraffe to swim, though Giraffe refuses to get in the water. Elephant ignores him, and Kangaroo paints him with a nice Aboriginal design. At the end of the day, Giraffe is so lonely; he runs back to Noah alone and just misses the Ark. He finds a small boat that promptly sinks. Thank goodness for Fish’s swimming lessons! Giraffe’s friends on the Ark pull him out of the water . . . and there’s a girl giraffe onboard. Noah says, “We hoped you’d come back.” Conceived by Italian graphic designer Pigni with words by Dutch journalist Hermsen, this first American import for both its creators has charm to spare. The grey, but still colorful, sparsely populated paintings are cartoons but not caricatures. Observant lapsit audiences will see the distinct silhouette of a giraffe’s neck and head on the departing Ark. Not just another Noah story, but one to think about. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-932425-87-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Front Street/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2007




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