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A Giraffe and a Half
by Shel Silverstein


Overview - Delightfully zany rhymes about a giraffe who accumulates some ridiculous things& 151;like glue on his shoe and a bee on his knee& 151;only to lose them again, one by one. & 145;Infectiously funny . . . a good nonsensical text and illustrations.& 146; & 151;C.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Delightfully zany rhymes about a giraffe who accumulates some ridiculous things& 151;like glue on his shoe and a bee on his knee& 151;only to lose them again, one by one. & 145;Infectiously funny . . . a good nonsensical text and illustrations.& 146; & 151;C.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060256555
  • ISBN-10: 0060256559
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish Date: May 1975
  • Page Count: 48
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Classics
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mammals

 
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Sticking his neck out

Lordy, lordy, look who's 40! It's Shel Silverstein's A Giraffe and a Half. This cumulative tale starts out with a giraffe stretching, and thus the title, with an added, hilarious complication on each page. Silverstein's line drawings and poems are always simple, but so rich that they never lose their appeal. This latest edition contains a giraffe tape measure for recording your little reader's changing stature. Put this book between other Silverstein classics (such as The Giving Tree) and Dr. Seuss books, and you'll be set with a tall order of classic children's rhymes and humor.

Happy birthday to these literary gems, just as fresh and wonderful today as they were when first published. The only difference is that now they are already well known and loved all around the world. It's safe to say that 50 and 60 years from now, new generations of readers will be clamoring for 100th anniversary editions of these classics.

Alice Cary writes from Groton, Massachusetts.

 
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