Item description for Story of Giraffe by Guido Pigni...
Overview After Noah insists that Giraffe find a mate to join him on the ark, Giraffe travels to the ends of the earth in search of her and hopes that he completes his task before Noah launches the ark.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Publisher Front Street
ISBN 193242587X ISBN13 9781932425871
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The Story of Giraffe Jun 19, 2008
Noah tells giraffe he must find a girl giraffe before the flood comes. "That is how it must be." Noah says. So giraffe travels from the desert to the Polar Regions in search of a girl giraffe. He encounters a mouse, an elephant, a fish, an ostrich, a kangaroo, a camel, and a penguin, asking each one if they have seen a giraffe. Each animal offers him some advice. The kangaroo offers to paint him spots; the fish offers to teach him to swim. The giraffe sees that it is starting to rain and he races to catch the ark, but he must swim to reach it. He swims by remembering what he learned from the fish. He catches up with the ark and when he is pulled aboard the ark, he finds a female giraffe waiting for him. One wonders how she got aboard without a mate when he wasn't allowed on without one. The text in this book is stilted (perhaps due to the translation from the original Dutch) and the many unanswered questions will frustrate readers, but the illustrations are excellent. There are quirky details such as the humorous close up which peeks inside a mouse's hole, and a poignant illustration of the lonely giraffe when it starts to rain. Giraffe is even given a scarf when he is with the penguins. There is also a stark silhouette of the giraffe running alone toward the ark. Mr. Pigni, the illustrator, is a prominent graphic artist from Italy. For ages preschool - 6. Reviewed by Barbara Silverman
The Story of Giraffe Jun 8, 2007
The Story of Giraffe by Guido Pigni and Ronald Hermsen was excellent. It is the tale of a lone giraffe that wishes to board Noah's ark, but is turned away because he is not one of a pair and the animals are supposed to arrive on the ark "two by two." Giraffe sets out on a journey to find another giraffe to join him on the ark, searching high and low without any luck. Giraffe is incredibly lonely and worries that he will never find another giraffe before the flood comes.
This story was very subtle and sweetly told. The illustrations were very simplistic, but done in beautiful, soft tones that help tell this soothing story. I think this would be a perfect bedtime selection, as well as one that helps explain the story of Noah's ark to young children.
Wonderful illustrations! May 28, 2007
We've all heard the story of Noah and the arch, the animals and the flood and God being very angry...what we haven't read about it's the fact that it is a story about love, a story about looking for someone who will warm our hearts. Now...Giraffe is all alone and Noah is not happy to have him without a partner on his arch. So Giraffe ventures into the world, from Africa to the North Pole, he makes new friends, learns how to swim and goes through many adventures, all in the attempt of finding somebody with a long neck and with spots...a girlgiraffe to bring along with him on the arch. Will he find the right match? Beautifully illustrated by Guido Pigni, one of the most creative and thought-provoking among the contemporary illustrators, it's a book that will appeal to both children and adults. If you are a fan of high-quality illustrations I also recommend a visit to his website [...]
A Little Gem May 24, 2007
I bought this little book for my 6 year-old niece and found myself as captivated by its charms as she was.
The authors hit on a nice idea when they linked their story to Noah's Ark and the Great Flood. The rain is already falling but Noah refuses to let giraffe onto the ark without a companion girl giraffe. The book chronicles giraffe's encounters with other creatures of the animal kingdom as he scours the earth in search of a mate.
Pigni's illustrations are pretty cool - endearing creatures, vibrant colours, humorous touches, and lots of quirky little details that will appeal to young minds (and bring a smile to adult faces too) and will repay repeated readings. I love the illustration of the mouse hole, complete with family portraits and mouse clutching a copy of the cat handbook...and the image of the penguins at the Pole sucking on their ice blocks...and perhaps my favorite...Kangaroo in his Australian outback habitat giving giraffe a makeover - transforming him into a wonderful aboriginal art work (and I often wondered what those kangaroo pouches were for - you will be surprised!)
Every illustration is a little gem. This book should be enjoyed by lots of lucky kids. Check it out!