Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa

August 30, 2018

 

   "Dear You, Whoever You Are, Who Lives on the Other Side of the Horizon,

 

  I am Giraffe. I live in Africa. I'm famous for my long neck. Please tell me all about yourself.

 

  Yours sincerely,

  Giraffe."

 

  One day, out on the African savanna, a giraffe is going about his day to day life, and he is bored. Now you have to understand, Giraffe isn't bored because he hasn't got anything to do. No, no; this is much more serious a matter. He is bored because he is lonely

 

  In his boredom, Giraffe begins to wonder who (or what) lives beyond the horizon, and so he does the only logical thing that there is to do: he writes a letter. He gives his letter to Pelican (of the Pelican Delivery Service), with strict instructions to give it to the first animal he finds beyond the horizon.

 

  And so, just like that, Giraffe meets Penguin (via letter). As the pair continue to exchange letters, they begin to wonder what the other looks like. They discover that it can be hard to imagine, for example, what a neck looks like when you haven't see one before, or how strange it is to picture a different kind of bird (why have wings if you can't fly?) when the only one you know is Pelican.

 

  As their friendship begins to blossom, Giraffe decides he will dress up as Penguin and go to visit him. But with Penguin's descriptions being open to interpretation, will Giraffe be able figure out what Penguin looks like?

 

  This gentle and funny tale celebrates friendship, imagination, and the benefits of being different. Perfect for both the early reader and as a read aloud, this is charming and quirky, and an absolute joy to read.

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