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Children's LiteratureThis tale addresses fears young children may have by highlighting the same fears in three animals. The giraffe is scared of heights, the monkey is scared of climbing trees, and the hippo is afraid of water. So they head off together to go to the doctor. However, help is closer than the giraffe, monkey, and hippo believe. Collectively they learn to conquer their fears because they choose to help each other when the need arises. This scenario lets children learn about the idea of cooperation in an understandable way. The characters are delightfully presented, and the illustrations fit the tale well. Material at the end of the book includes creative and factual activities. Only a few lines on each page keep the pace moving forward. The same activities are also available from Sylvan Dell's web site. The book meets national science and math curriculum standards in the categories of life science and numbers and operations. 2006, Sylvan Dell, Ages 4 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury