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Half a Giraffe?
Half a Giraffe?

Half a Giraffe?

By Jodie Parachini, Illustrated by Richard Smythe



32 Pages, 8 x 10

Formats: PDF

PDF, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $12.99)

Publication Date: September 2018

ISBN 9780807531617

Rights: WOR

Albert Whitman & Company (Sep 2018)

Price: $9.99
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A rollicking rhyming text shows how a baby giraffe learns, with a little help from her friends, to be true to herself

All giraffes, even baby Gisele, know that the juiciest leaves are on the tops of the trees. But how does she reach them? No matter how she stretches or twists, those tasty leaves are just too high. A strong story with a light touch, and colorful art with extra touches of humor, appeals to both children and adults.


"Small children also want to accomplish tasks beyond their abilities with the assistance and encouragement of wise and patient grown-ups, and this story will resonate. Working together, these animal friends are good models for cooperative play." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Jodie Parachini is half American, half British, but she can't tell which half is which. One half likes reading serious books, going for long mountain hikes, and living in England with her husband and daughters. The other half likes writing silly books, eating chocolate, and laughing until she snorts. Sometimes those halves try to pull each other's pigtails, but most of the time they get along pretty well. Of her last book, This is a Serious Book, School Library Journal said, "This is a great read aloud...brimming with opportunities for actively engaging storytime...".  Richard Smythe graduated with an illustration master's degree in 2010 and has illustrated many successful picture books with his distinctive style. Richard loves working on picture books because no matter how simple the narrative, you can always read between the lines—the only limit is your imagination! Richard says of a recent book, "Watersong is a special book in which the story is told through onomatopoeia, using the sounds water makes. It was challenging to create a story around these words but, in the end, the story of a fox...seemed to shine through. Watersong was recently included in the New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids 2017 list."