Don't Laugh at Giraffe

Don't Laugh at Giraffe

Book - 2012
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Giraffe's attempts to drink water without getting his hooves wet amuse Bird and the other animals, but when their laughter drives the still thirsty Giraffe away in embarrassment, Bird devises a plan to bring him back to the pond.

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Giraffe and Bird make the oddest pair. All they do is spat, squabble, and get on each other's nerves. In the morning, Bird uses his loudest outdoor voice, so Giraffe makes a disgusting noise as he clears his phlegmy throat, so Bird tickles his neck, and . . . well, you get the picture. There’s nothing Bird likes more than to have a laugh at the expense of his lanky friend, and one dry day at the pond, he gets his chance. Giraffe's awkward attempt to reach the water without getting his hooves wet raises a cackle from a flamingo, a chortle from the zebra, then a howl from the hippo. Soon everyone is having a good laugh . . . especially Bird. In fact, Bird is having a ball until he realizes that his mortified friend has left the pond without quenching his thirst. Now Bird is sorry. How will he get Giraffe back?Author/illustrator Rebecca Bender's hilarious illustrations accompany a story about empathy and the trials of friendship that will persuade young readers that it's okay to look goofy and laugh at yourself once in a while, especially when you are not alone.
Dignified Giraffe is crushed when the other animals laugh at his awkward efforts to get a drink at the water hole, but Bird steps in to save the day and prove to his long-legged companion that it’s okay to look goofy once in a while.

Publisher: Toronto : Pajama Press, 2012
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9780986949562
Branch Call Number: je Bend


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Mar 15, 2015

The long neck and legs are advantage or disadvantage? yes and no. My kids love giraffe and they do not like when the giraffe fall. They shouted: oh no, what is a pity!

UPSHAWSTARS Apr 02, 2013

Upshawstars had mixed reviews about the book Don't Laugh at Giraffe. We don't like bullies, but liked that the book had pictures that related to the writing and talked about mutual respect. We liked that the story was funny.

gordebx Feb 26, 2013

We laughted at the sounds that the giraffe made when he cleared his throat.

X_Man Feb 05, 2013

Love this book, it really shows how enemies can become friends! FRENEMIES! I really like how they used 2 completly different animals to share that friends (no matter how oppisite they are) can become loving for each other.

DavidLewislibrary Jan 22, 2013

Ms. K's class liked when the giraffe did a cannonball at the end and almost landed on the bird. We liked when the bird acted silly and all the animals laughed at him. The book teaches us a very important lesson that you shouldn't laugh at people if they can't do something because it hurts their feelings. Ms. M's class liked this book because it is funny at the end when the giraffe does a cannonball and almost hits the bird. We like how the bird was silly and made all the animals laugh at him instead of the giraffe. We like when the bird sings in the giraffe's ear, and then the giraffe clears his throat to bother the bird. Mrs. Prouse's class liked when the giraffe did a cannonball at the end. We liked when the giraffe was trying to drink the water but he didn't want to get his hooves wet. We liked when the giraffe ran so fast that he tripped over his own legs. We liked how all the animals had a special laugh, especially the giraffe's laugh. Ms. El-Behery's class liked when the giraffe did a cannonball at the end and landed on the bird. We liked when the bird sang a silly bird song to make the animals laugh at him instead of the giraffe. The message of the story is to not laugh at other people because it makes them feel bad. Instead of making fun of giraffe, the animals should have helped him take a drink. Ms. Wall's class thinks the main idea of this story is to not make fun of people because they can feel sad or embarrassed. Making fun of people is a form of bullying. Instead of laughing at people because they are different, we should help them. The bird pictured himself in the giraffe's shoes and he felt bad for the giraffe so he made a fool of himself so the animals would laugh at him instead of giraffe.

Pbrethet Jan 21, 2013

Sometimes Giraffe and Bird don't like each other. But they actually do. Deep down they love each other. (Mrs. H's A-Day)

The Bird makes Giraffe happy again. They are good friends. (Mr. C A-Day)

n_blue Nov 28, 2012

This book was adorable. Giraffe and Bird are not only hilarious but show little ones the value of friendship and standing up for those you care about. Loved it!

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