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Meet Geri, the shortest giraffe in the world.The other giraffes try everything to get him up to their level... until an unexpected hero offers a solution that takes everyone by surprise.Sometimes the best way up is down....

Title : The Short Giraffe
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ISBN : 9781743315071
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 24 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Short Giraffe Reviews

  • Marisa Severin
    2019-06-04 19:35

    This is a funny little story with bold pictures. Every page made me laugh. It is ideal for children of all ages. I love it and my daughter did too.

  • Peanut
    2019-06-18 15:46

    MOMMY: Boba the baboon wants to take a picture of the tallest animals in the world. The giraffes gather but Geri happens to be the shortest giraffe and he just won't fit in the picture. How will they get everyone in the picture together? It's a cute book with a sweet message.PEANUT: He like this book and all the antics in trying to get Geri in the picture. We'll pick this up again in the future and see if he picks this to read more often.

  • Dena
    2019-06-05 13:42

    I feel like the universe brought this book across my desk this morning, because I'm a short giraffe (4'11). The illustrations are adorable and the story is charming, funny. There's a wise little caterpillar that reminded me of the clever worm in the movie Labyrinth. Cute book!

  • Sarah
    2019-06-02 13:40

    Poor Geri, he's a short giraffe trying to find solutions to his height predicament. It takes one wise caterpillar to convince him that he doesn't have to change.

  • Katie
    2019-06-13 16:39

    Cute story about being the odd one out in your family. The illustrations didn't work for me. Characters blended into the background.

  • Penny McGill
    2019-06-01 13:33

    Had to read this one for 'stories by the giraffe' and was rewarded by a book that had our four year old crowd laughing and talking about the solutions that this group of silly giraffes could have tried in getting their group of 5-6 tall giraffes and one very short giraffe into the same photograph. I chose it because of the animals themselves and really didn't think that hard about the message but in this case the persevering nature of the subjects resonated more than anything.Neil Flory's images are just beautiful and I thought that the colours might be a bit too subtle for my large group but they weren't at all. Kids at the back of the group were laughing and participating with gusto. There were some incredibly tiny caterpillars and one ridiculous baboon in the book and it all came together gloriously. Loved this book

  • Erin
    2019-06-10 18:49

    Boba the baboon wants to take a picture of the tallest animals, the giraffes. But there's one tiny problem -- Geri the giraffe is much smaller than his friends, and it's difficult to get him into the shot. They try stilts, a turtle tower, and even helium, to no avail (but some hilarious pictures result from it). Finally, a tiny caterpillar suggest that instead of raising Geri up to their heights, the taller giraffes should bend down to Geri's height. This works perfectly and the final picture of the giraffes is the best one yet. The giraffes look a little silly, and the text can't decide if it wants to rhyme or not, but overall this is a great story to share for a jungle theme, a big and small theme, or a theme about being a little different.

  • Lynn
    2019-06-06 13:46

    Cute and clever and great introduction to problem-solving!I'm usually wary of stories that start with a cutesy animal names, like "Boba the baboon" and I wonder why the author chose a baboon as the photographer. I wonder why so many illustrators use circles on giraffes - they are softer, and more cozy? The reader's eye is focused on the giraffes as the background is a soft green. The white letters are in a soft font, but don't provide a strong contrast against the background, so it might be a tough read aloud to groups. A definite for one-on-one!

  • Laura
    2019-05-23 13:45

    When a photographer shows up to take a picture of the tallest animals, all the giraffes get ready to have their picture taken. There's only one problem -- "Geri, the shortest giraffe who ever lived" isn't in the picture. The other giraffes struggle to find a way to make Geri tall enough for the picture. Finally, the caterpillar points out that it would be easier for the other giraffes to bend down to Geri's height.Cute with a lovely message about friendship, helping a friend out, and finding a kind way to solve a problem.

  • Jenny
    2019-06-05 16:48

    I really like the "flavor" of the book. The giraffes are excited to have a picture taken for being "the tallest animals" and they want it to be perfect. There is a very short giraffe that doesn't show up in the picture and instead of wanting to exclude him, they all work together to figure out a way to include him. They aren't ashamed or threatened by his difference. The methods they try are humorous and the illustrations are very cute.

  • Kelsey
    2019-06-05 19:28

    Age: PreschoolAnimals: ZooNot the greatest developed story but it is perfect for preschoolers with a lovely dose of humor. I really enjoyed the spread that included all the silly pictures taken of the Geri as they try to get him to "regular" size. Let it be noted that this is not a book about bullying or accepting one's difference because the other giraffes are all about inviting lil' Geri into their world.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-22 20:45

    Because Geri is much smaller than the other giraffes, taking a group picture poses a problem. After devising all sorts of ways for Geri to rise to their heights, the giraffes listen to the suggestion of a wise caterpillar, and they make their move. I liked the story and the soft colors in this picture book and the reminder that sometimes we need to bend a little bit to accommodate the needs of others.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-16 16:32

    Bobba the Baboon wants to take a picture of the tallest animals. There's only problem, Geri is atypically short in comparison to all the other Giraffes. After offering to get out of the picture the other giraffes insist Geri should be included and try to find creative ways to "bring him up to height". When none work a small caterpillar provides them with the solution. A great story about including others and embracing what is special about all of us.

  • Amanda Coppedge
    2019-06-16 20:44

    Maybe I'm biased because I'm a short person. My favorite page is the photographs looking back over all the times Geri tried to be as tall as the other giraffes. I know when I read this aloud the children are going to want to pause and say "Remember when he wore the springs? Remember when he hung from the tree?"

  • Kellie
    2019-06-08 13:29

    First, I have to admit that my youngest boy is a giraffe fanatic, so we seek out and read giraffe books on a regular basis. Though this one has a simple story, my kids loved it and were laughing hysterically at different parts (a BOUNCING GIRAFFE?! Hahaha!). We had a short talk about figuring out different ways to solve problems, but they mostly just loved the colorful pictures.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-15 13:33

    The shortest giraffe in the herd presents a problem when they attempt to be photographed. Stilts, springs, even helium doesn't work, but when everybody rethinks the problem an easy solution is achieved: if you can't go up, go down.Digital artwork supports the humor in text. This is a great read aloud with a lesson in problem-solving. Recommended for PreK-2.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-20 16:19

    Adorable. Very funny. Marvelous colors. Boba the Baboon wants to take a photo of the tallest animals but our short giraffe friend barely gets the top of his head in the picture. The other giraffes come up with some imaginative ways to get him in a group shot. Look close at the pictures drying on the line. What a hoot! I'm buying this for my nephew (or maybe for me).

  • Brenda Lower
    2019-05-20 19:48

    Great story about compromise. The Giraffe family is trying to take a photo, but the littlest giraffe won't fit! After the little giraffe tries everything to get up to the other giraffe's height, the other giraffes finally bend a little to be at her level! Loved it!

  • Iamaby En
    2019-06-01 19:35

    A good story for teaching kids that friendship is a two-way street. Also, this is perhaps a social commentary that outsiders don't always have to conform to a group's ways; sometimes, the group can change so that it welcomes the differences in others.

  • Great Books
    2019-06-12 15:36

    Adorable story of giraffe friendship and learning to work together. Concepts of short and tall along with a fun problem-solving strategy are a bonus in addition to this creative and enjoyable story. Reviewer 3.

  • Kristen
    2019-06-14 17:49

    Cute! Classic twist problem: what if a giraffe were short? The solutions that don't work were fun (love the giraffe filled with helium) and kids will have fun brainstorming other possible solutions, but in the end, it's sweet that the other giraffes are part of the inclusive answer.

  • Colette
    2019-05-21 17:31

    I love little picture books like this one. Fun end pages, white text on the beige background, bright cheery colors for fun animals. Adaptations and accommodations for the shortest giraffe. I have a little 5 year old who will really enjoy this enjoyable book.

  • Michele Knott
    2019-06-19 16:35

    Baboon wants to take a picture of the tallest animal so he has lots of giraffes lined up in a row.... but, what about the short giraffe who doesn't fit in the picture? Could be used for problem/solution or even a believe in yourself theme.

  • Dee-Ann
    2019-05-27 13:32

    Seriously cute ... but then again giraffes have an inherent cuteness factor. The book has a fun, light, warm story with a solution that most children will determine themselves. The only problem was reading white font against a paleish background ... a bit challenging late at night.

  • JulieLaLa
    2019-06-17 13:21

    Children's book read during our library's story time - very sweet, original and with excellent drawings! FUN!

  • Kendra
    2019-06-10 16:39

    Great problem solving!

  • Bambi Pea
    2019-06-16 17:31

    This was a great story about accepting people for who they are and thinking outside of the box to solve a problem.

  • Alice
    2019-06-16 14:29

    I am tall, I work with some really REALLY short women...and we all got a kick out of this books. Nice pictures, great message! Cute!

  • Beth
    2019-06-19 13:42

    Love the fun, bright artwork and I especially love that this story began as a request from Neil's son to tell him a bedtime story. And thus The Short Giraffe was born.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-05-21 16:35

    Always look to a caterpillar for sound advice.