The simple artwork is expressive and engaging .A sweet, empowering tale to share one-on-one or in a story time. Read more...
The simple artwork is expressive and engaging .A sweet, empowering tale to share one-on-one or in a story time. School Library Journal
Aside from offering a satisfying friendship story, this book celebrates differences and shows how enriching diversity can be. Booklist
A charming picture book about a lost giraffe and his new friend who helps him find his way home and see the world from a new perspective.
Bertie the giraffe s life is very simple and predictable: every day, he and his herd nibble leaves, sip water, and nap. But one day, Bertie oversleeps and wakes up lost and alone. Well, not quite alone he meets Blue, a lonely blue giraffe who offers to show him the way home. On the way, Blue has a lot to show his new friend about the wonders of the world that Bertie had never noticed before. But when Bertie gets home, will his herd welcome Blue, even though he is different?
Filled with lyrical text and irresistible illustrations, this sweet tale about friendship teaches young readers about embracing differences and celebrating new perspectives."
- ISBN-13: 9781481461542
- ISBN-10: 1481461540
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
- Publish Date: June 2016
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Litten (Bike On, Bear!) delivers a deceptively simple story that celebrates individuality, acceptance, and friendship. Bertie and his fellow giraffes—with their long necks and rounded bodies, they almost look like a row of eighth notes or soup ladles as they nibble leaves from tall trees—follow the same schedule every day. Having overslept one morning, Bertie wakes up alone and lost, fretting about how he’ll find his herd, until he encounters a giraffe “who was just like him—except he was blue!” (Bertie and his brethren are yellow.) As they travel together, Blue shows Bertie a world of vivid flowers, unfamiliar birds, and a rushing herd of zebras, sights he’s never seen before. After Bertie rejoins his herd, Blue (who fears he won’t belong) is instead accepted “just the way he was.” Closing scenes that show the giraffes amid the colorful birds and flowers Bertie previously discovered underscore Litten’s message about the value of breaking outside of one’s comfort zone—and getting to know people who don’t look exactly like you. Ages 4–8. Agent: Alan Lynch, Arena Illustration. (June)