Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights, The

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"The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights" is the enchanting story of a giraffe who suffers from the fear of heights. His parents worry about his safety and send him to the village doctor for treatment. Along the way, he befriends a monkey who is afraid of trees, a hippo who is afraid of water, and other animal friends with strange fears. A life-threatening event causes each of the friends to face their fears and overcome them. Teaching trivia, crafts and games relating to animal adaptations are included.
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"The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights" is the enchanting story of a giraffe who suffers from the fear of heights. His parents worry about his safety and send him to the village doctor for treatment. Along the way, he befriends a monkey who is afraid of trees, a hippo who is afraid of water, and other animal friends with strange fears. A life-threatening event causes each of the friends to face their fears and overcome them. Teaching trivia, crafts and games relating to animal adaptations are included.
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This 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
School Library Journal
PreS-A young giraffe living on the African savannah is afraid of heights. On his way to the doctor for a remedy, he encounters a monkey afraid to climb trees and a hippo scared of water. When a crocodile intimidates the three new friends, they put their fears aside in order to help one another against the common threat. After vanquishing the enemy, they realize that they don't need the doctor because they've cured themselves. Watercolor illustrations done predominantly in tans, blues, and greens have unusual perspectives, often showing only parts of the animals. The story lacks logic; if the giraffe's parents are so worried about lions hurting their child since he can't raise his head to watch for danger, why do they send him to the doctor alone? Also, it seems odd to put coconut trees on the savannah and then explain in the back matter that they don't grow there.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976882305
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/10/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    A delightful book

    On the African savannah many animals could be seen lounging in the sun or grabbing a bite to eat. Some were nibbling at the grasses or, in the case of the giraffes, curling their tongues around the branches of trees to pull the tender leaves into their mouths. Regrettably, there was one giraffe family who was having a problem. Their son, who was splayed out on the ground, had a branch in his mouth. It must have been an embarrassment because no one had ever heard of a giraffe who "was afraid of heights." This was a matter for a doctor to solve. They gave the boy a map and he was on his way .ground level of course, just above the grasses and the flowers. This was a very unusual case and only a doctor could help someone with such an unusual fear, very unusual indeed!

    On his way to the doctor's, the young giraffe ran into a velvet monkey who was "afraid of climbing trees." They decided to walk together and as they were passing by a river they ran into yet another animal who was having a problem. There was a hippo, with great big tears running down his cheeks, who told them he was afraid of water. The giraffe and velvet monkey looked on with great sympathy and said, "We're on our way to the village to see the doctor, too. Maybe we can find a way for you to go with us." The three of them had to put on their thinking caps because getting across the river would be a real problem. The monkey was dangling his toes in the water when all of a sudden a crocodile was seen swimming toward him. Was the monkey going to end up being a tasty lunch for the crocodile? Would the three animals be able to help each other overcome their fears?

    This charming story of three baby animals who conquer their fears together will delight the young child. Many children have little anxieties and fears, something that is quite normal, but as parents we are sometimes at a loss as to how to deal with them. Little stories such as this one, won't cure a bit of anxiety, but will reassure a youngster that they aren't the only ones who have them. The story was simply delightful and the artwork was beautiful and quite complimentary. In the back of the book can be found some factual information on the animals in the book, including animal adaptations and fun facts. There are a couple of suggested activities, one of which includes a template for a mix-and-match-book.

    Quill says: This delightful book that portrays three delightful animal pals who learn to overcome their fears together is one you might want to add to your list!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

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    Author David Ufer wrote a terrific story that will help children see how to overcome their fears through a unique storyline of a giraffe who's afraid of heights, a monkey who's afraid of climbing trees, and a hippo who's afraid to cross the river. You'll just have to read this delightful tale to see what fourth animal enters into the equation and what happens to all four of the animals. I give this book a high five all the way around ¿ a unique, fun, extremely well-written storyline with a neat message that held my interest to the very end fantastic, endearing illustrations by Kirsten Carlson and the great learning experiences at the end of this book and also online thanks to the superior quality of Sylvan Dell Publishing. This is a must read for the little ones! The Creative Minds section at the end of the book has Animal Adaptations for each animal in the story, Fun Facts about each animal, A Matching Game, and Craft Activity: Mix-and-Match Activity Book. Another big plus ¿ Author David A. Ufer donates a portion of his royalties from the sale of this book to the World Wildlife Fund. How cool is that? CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW BY: Gayle Jacobson-Huset ¿ Managing Editor Stories for Children Magazine

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