Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Book - 2017 | First American edition
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This book is about friendship and the distinctions of living in different parts of the world. A giraffe that lives in Africa meets a pelican who is a mailman. Since the giraffe is bored, she sends a letter to the first animal the pelican can find on the other side of the horizon. The letter passes on to a seal who gives it to a penguin. He reads the letter and even though he does not understand it he writes back, and becomes the giraffe's pen pal. Although they do not know what each other looks like, the giraffe decides to meet her new friend disguised as a penguin!
Publisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Gecko Press, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781927271889
Branch Call Number: IWASA
Characteristics: 102 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Takabatake, Jun
Hirano, Cathy


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JCLChrisK Mar 14, 2019

Simple, sincere, sweet, and just a little silly. This is a charming story of expanding one's experiences and the pitfalls of communication, as a giraffe (plus friends) and a penguin (plus friends) try to learn what the other is like through an exchange of letters. "It's hard to imagine someone you've never seen," says the book's back flap. Especially when it's things like a penguin and a whale trying to figure out what a neck is. My five-year-old loves it.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 17, 2017

This is a very sweet early chapter book about the unlikely friendship between a penguin and a giraffe. The story itself is adorable, plus I love any book in which letter writing is a major plot point, and the illustrations are excellent. A great selection for new chapter book readers.

MissLauraStorytime Apr 06, 2017

An unexpected and delightful look at friendship, distance, time, and dedication all rolled into one sweet story about the unlikely friendship between a giraffe and a penguin. Wait, a giraffe and a penguin? How did they find each other, and how will they manage to become friends?
All these questions, and more, are answered by this clever story.

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Apr 28, 2017

johannabergmann thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over


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JCLChrisK Mar 14, 2019

Dear Giraffe,

Thank you for your letter. You asked what I look like, but looking is a very odd thing.

At the moment I live on Whale Point, which is surrounded by sea, just like my home on Penguin Island. In the daytime, when the sun shines, the sea looks blue. But in the morning and the evening it looks completely different. And at night, it's different again.

And that's not all. No matter whether the sea looks blue or green or orange, when I scoop up a bucketful the water becomes transparent. Isn't that strange?

Perhaps it isn't looking that's strange, but the sea itself.

Or maybe it's the bucket.

But you asked what I look like. I think I am mostly black and white. Even when I climbed into a bucket, my feathers did not change. So I think that must be right.

Yours sincerely,
Penguin at Whale Point

P.S. I think you and I would get along. I'm looking forward to your next letter.


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