How Giraffe Got Such a Long Neck: .And Why Rhino is so Grumpy

Rosen, Michael J.

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Synopsis: During a terrible drought in which there is nothing to eat, Man prepares a magic herb that results in Giraffe's long neck so he can reach the high leaves on the trees and a grumpy Rhino, who arrives too late for the magic.

From School Library Journal: Kindergarten-Grade 3-Through an effective blend of illustration and text, Rosen and Clementson offer an engaging picture book that tells one version of a porquoi story told by Eastern and Southern African tribes. The lively language is bright and repetitive: "In the beginning of the beginning Giraffe wasn't as tall as the trees. She was more like a deer, lean and quick and no taller than a bush." Then came a drought, and Giraffe and Rhino asked Man to help them reach the only food around-the leaves high up on the trees. While he prepared some magic herbs for them, Rhino wandered away and Giraffe, tired of waiting, gobbled them all down himself. With the economy of language required in storytelling, Rosen has created memorable characters: "Oomph!" snorts the Rhino more than a few times. Clementson's bright, stylized illustrations fill the pages with vibrant color, energy, and detail. A note indicates that he based his depiction of Man on early Masai tribesmen. From the design on Man's bowl to the one-dimensional animal figures, the effect is authentic. The connections made by this funny story to readers from other cultures are important ones. This would be a valuable addition to a folktale collection.
Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
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Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: 1993
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