The Story of Giraffe

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Giraffe seraches to the ends of the earth to find a mate to join him on the journey with Noah. After Noah insists that Giraffe bring a girlfriend with him on the ark, Giraffe travels the globe in search of her. He explores the oceans, the deserts, the polar regions, the savannas—and along the way makes many acquaintances. But never has he felt as lonely as he does now. Will Giraffe be able to find her before Noah launches the ark?

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Overview

Giraffe seraches to the ends of the earth to find a mate to join him on the journey with Noah. After Noah insists that Giraffe bring a girlfriend with him on the ark, Giraffe travels the globe in search of her. He explores the oceans, the deserts, the polar regions, the savannas—and along the way makes many acquaintances. But never has he felt as lonely as he does now. Will Giraffe be able to find her before Noah launches the ark?

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Publishers Weekly

This sweetand quirky spin on the Noah's Ark story begins as a lonely giraffe seeks a female partner with a long neck and spots like his own, all at the behest of a white-bearded man holding an umbrella in the rain. Giraffe searches the ends of the earth asking a bevy of other creatures for help along the way, but to no avail. All his traveling takes him far from Noah (who is named later in the book) and his friends, but when Giraffe gets back home, he has literally missed the boat—the ark has sailed. Luckily, Giraffe can recall some advice he received from an affable fish and he orchestrates a soggy but joyful reunion with the floating menagerie. Pigni's unfettered backgrounds and simple yet arresting central images give this jaunty tale its kick. Young readers will find much to enjoy in this wholly recognizable but slightly outside-the-box approach. Ages 2-up. (Mar.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson
Noah told Giraffe that he must find a girlfriend to take with him on the ark. Giraffe was immediately obedient to Noah, and went to the end of the Earth looking for another giraffe. Along the way, he encounters various animals, but not another giraffe. This whimsical story based on the bible story of Noah will amuse children because of the number and types of animals mentioned and illustrated in the book. Encounters that only happen in a zoo, such as the giraffe with the penguin, are commonplace in this story. The illustrations in this picture book are delightful and impressive. They compliment the story well, and are works of genius in their own right. The picture on the cover is particularly delightful, as it shows Giraffe talking to a fish below the surface of the water. This book will quickly become a favorite for bedtime stories and other story reading with adults.
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PreS-Gr 2
Noah tells Giraffe that he can't board the ark until he finds a mate because "That is how it must be." In his travels from deserts to icebergs in search of a "girl just like him," Giraffe asks several animals for help. Kangaroo offers to shorten his neck and paint his spots, while Camel instructs him to "go that way." Giraffe learns to swim on land by merely observing Fish move his fins and tail in the water. When it starts to rain, Giraffe races to catch up with the ark. Once he is pulled aboard, he finds a female companion waiting for him. (One has to wonder how she got onboard alone when he wasn't allowed on the ark without a mate.) Pigni's artfully designed paintings evocatively capture the journey and include a humorous close-up peek inside a mouse hole, and a stark silhouette of the giraffe running alone during the flood. Unfortunately, the text is often stilted, and the many unanswered questions will frustrate readers.
—Linda LudkeCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932425871
  • Publisher: Front Street, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Guido Pigni is one of the most prominent graphic artists in Italy. His drawings and paintings have been widely exhibited and have appeared in numerous magazines. He has designed book covers and illustrated several picture books. He lives in Milan with his wife and daughter. The Story of Giraffe is his first picture book to be published in the United States.

Ronald Hermsen is a free-lance journalist and publicist. He lives in Hilversum, the Netherland, with his wife, Sabrina, and daughters Zoë, Maan, and Niamh. This is his first children's book.

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