A Giraffe and a Half

A Giraffe and a Half

by Shel Silverstein

Hardcover(40th Anniversary Edition)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060256555
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Edition description: 40th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 39,613
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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.

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)

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A Giraffe and a Half 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 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.
lisabankey on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The detailed illustrations really show what is happening in 's head while he imagines some crazy situations for his giraffe to get into. The story builds and then unbuilds in a circular style similar to If you give a mouse a cookie story.
crystalr on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Creative funny writting by Shel Silverstein. you could use it to teach kids how to write short funny poetry
ShalynAdams on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a really cute poem about a Giraffe and a little boy keeps adding stuff to him makeing a really cute poemIt's hard to write about a poem I think. I actually read this to my daughter and one of my friends little boy and they just loved it. Everytime they added something to the Giraffe they would just laugh and laugh.This would be a good book to read for the kids to have a good time and cut up a little. After we read this poem i would let them write their own silly poem and share it with the class.
McClendon on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a cute book with very cute illistrations. It is about a little boy and his pet giraffe who comes in contact with a bunch of strange things. It also shows how these strages things go away.I read this aloud to my students, who seemed to throughly enjoy the pictures in the book. I watched as they constantly giggled at the pictures. It is also a repetitive book, so as it lists items on the giraffe, my students would say the list as well. At the end I ask how many things they could remember the giraffe coming in contact with and they did a pretty good job of remembering almost everything.
BBallard09 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A Giraffe and a Half is a poetry book that is about a boy and a giraffe. This giraffe has lots of funny things that keep happening to him. It keeps adding more and more interesting points through each rhyme. I really enjoyed reading this story book, it has good illustrations that show what is going on with the silly giraffe. Shel Silverstein is a great writer, and I love reading all of his books.One activity a teacher could do with the poem is go through the story and have the rhyming words all on different flashcards. The students could take one of the flashcards, say with the word rat and match it with the other flashcard that says hat. This is also a good way of retelling the story. For a art project you could also make giraffes and make the spots on him with rhyming words.That is a way to incorporate rhyming words with the key character, the giraffe.
BSmiles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Summary:If a giraffe is stretched by a half you have a giraffe in a half. the book goes on to be about a rat in the giraffes hat and a rose on his nose. along with many more rhymes.Personal Reaction: I really like this book, it was cute, had a great rhyme scheme and the pictures were goodClassroom extention:1. The children can make their own poem2. the children can think of other things to add to this book.
sarahbatte on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is about a giraffe and a little boy. The little boy adds stuff to the giraffe to make him different. He keeps adding and adding then at the end the giraffe tumbles over and all the stuff falls off then he just a giraffe. An adorable book to read to young children. They can giggle by the rymes and pictures of Shel Silverstein.
lesleydawn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Shel Silverstein doesn't disappoint.
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