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Giraffe and Bird [Hardcover]

Rebecca Bender
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Book Description

Sept. 1 2010
It's true that getting along can be difficult, but Giraffe and Bird don't even try. When Bird makes a face, Giraffe sticks out his tongue; when Bird tweets in his ear, Giraffe invades Bird's personal space. Bird can't put up with Giraffe's bad breath; Giraffe can't abide it when Bird eats too much fiber and then well, you know. If you ask them, Giraffe and Bird will tell you: they can't stand each other. One day Giraffe loses his patience and Bird is fed up. 'Scram!' says Giraffe. 'Get lost!' says Bird. And so they do. You would think they'd be happy now, but you might be wrong. Without each other, how will Bird and Giraffe weather the coming storm? A hilarious debut by author and artist Rebecca Bender, Giraffe and Bird combines a clever text introducing synonyms with bright, expressive art to tell the funny and slightly tender story of two enemies who eventually realize they are much better off together.

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Quill & Quire

Giraffe and bird are curmudgeonly enemies who spend their days irritating one another in every possible way. Bird makes funny faces at giraffe, and giraffe sticks out his tongue at bird. Bird prunes his feathers, and giraffe lets out a wet, powerful sneeze. Through all these shenanigans, they steal sly looks at each other to see if their actions are provoking the desired responses.

When the feud reaches its climax, bird and giraffe angrily go their separate ways, only to find themselves scared and alone in the middle of a storm. Suddenly, there are no feathers to shield against the sight of lightning and no big ears to drown out the sound of thunder. Later, they realize there’s also no one to annoy, and that’s no fun at all. So it isn’t long before the two make their way back to one another. Of course, they don’t get along any better – at least on the surface – but they accept that they need each other after all.

Toronto author-illustrator Rebecca Bender has created a confident, colourful, and very funny picture book. The punchy text tells a simple story about getting along, with lots of words enlarged for emphasis to make reading aloud more dramatic. Sounding out the animal noises – “hhhhwaa” as giraffe breathes on bird, or “slllrrp” as bird eats his worm – is also part of the fun, and Bender includes these in large, coloured text. A delightful debut.

About the Author

REBECCA BENDER attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, and was awarded an OCAD medallion for illustration. She has work in greeting cards, publishing, and graphic novels. Giraffe and Bird is her first book published as an author/illustrator.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah Canada Jan. 13 2012
By LA
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a finely crafted book about a 'give and take' relationship between a bird and a giraffe.
The illustrations are very warm and you will easily fall in love with bird!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book Aug. 9 2013
By Teresa
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great story with a message. The author is Canadian. The illustrations are beautiful. A good story for primary aged children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Oct. 9 2013
By Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended by Amazon. It was a cute story with beautiful illustrations. I purchased it for my sisters first grade class but I think age 3 to 7 is appropriate.
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