A Giraffe and a Half
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A Giraffe and a Half

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by Shel Silverstein
     
 

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A Giraffe and a Half is fifty! This special anniversary edition celebrates the milestone with vintage full-color jacket artwork. Shel Silverstein's riotous rhyming picture book about a boy and his giraffe was published the same year as his famous tale The Giving Tree.

If you had a giraffe . . . and he stretched another half . . . you would have a

Overview

A Giraffe and a Half is fifty! This special anniversary edition celebrates the milestone with vintage full-color jacket artwork. Shel Silverstein's riotous rhyming picture book about a boy and his giraffe was published the same year as his famous tale The Giving Tree.

If you had a giraffe . . . and he stretched another half . . . you would have a giraffe and a half. And so it goes until . . . but that would be telling too much! Filled with Shel Silverstein's iconic line drawings and wildly funny rhymes, this book will keep children laughing up to the very end.

Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a children's book author and illustrator began the previous year, in 1963, with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. Then in 1964 Shel Silverstein's creativity flourished with the publication of Don't Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets The Big O, and Runny Babbit.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In time for its 40th anniversary, Shel Silverstein's A Giraffe and a Half now appears with a five-foot, unfolding cardboard giraffe tape measure affixed to the inside back cover. Beginning simply with a giraffe who "stretched another half," the poem snowballs into tumultuous disarray as the creature ends up "with a chair in his hair/ and a snake eating cake" and more. The pages quickly crowd with Silverstein's uproarious ink renderings of the bedlam. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060256555
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/04/1964
Edition description:
40th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
39,513
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, as well as classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 25, 1930
Date of Death:
May 10, 1999
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death:
Key West, Florida
Education:
Chicago School of Fine Arts; University of Illinois (no degree)
Website:
http://www.shelsilverstein.com

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A Giraffe and a Half 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MY SON LOVED THIS BOOK. WE WOULD READ IT OVER AND OVER AT BEDTIME. HE WOULD GIGGLE AND I LOVED HEARING HIM. SHEL SILVERSTEIN PROVIDED US BOTH WITH QUALITY READING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first saw this book in the library.  I checked it out and gave to my daughter to read to her son.  Watching her read this book was magical.  I was sold on the book and purchased it the same day for her library of children's books.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Giraffe and a Half is a book I bought over 20 years ago for a friend's daughter. That daughter still remembers that book and the fun we had reading it together. Now my great nephew was turning one and I felt he had to have it. It has great rhyming and uses repetition so that children can 'read along".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to give this to my 7 year old granddaughter for Christmas. She will love the clever rhymes and fantastic pictures and she should be able to read it by herself.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable book. Children love it because of the rhyming and because of the outragous things the giraffe comes across! Just what we would have expected from Shel Silverstein!
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Loves2Read2Kids More than 1 year ago
This is one of my son's favorite books. It is that book that we read when we are feeling happy or the book he chooses when he needs a little pick me up. He has it completely memorized but still loves hearing it over and over again. This book is #1 on my list for making reading fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have several Shel Silverstein books and love them all. My children love the pictures and the wonderful stories. This particular book is silly, fun and makes you laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an interesting book and many children should read it