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published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9781897151846
publisher: Cormorant Books

Giraffe and Bird

illustrated by Rebecca Bender

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edition:Hardcover
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published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9781897151846
publisher: Cormorant Books
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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.

About the Author

Rebecca Bender

Author/Illustrator Rebecca Bender is best known for her award-winning Giraffe And Bird books. Her illustrations also grace Slug Days, Penguin Days, and Peach Girl. Rebecca graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with the medal for illustration and is now an art director and designer. She lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

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Contributor Notes

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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 6
Grade:
p to 2

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Giraffe and Bird

“It’s true that getting along can be difficult.” Surely no two creatures know this better than Giraffe and Bird. Both live near the same telephone line – and both would tell you they absolutely can’t stand each other. What begins as an exchange of taunts culminates in brawling and ultimately a severing of the relationship — but the scary storm and the terrible loneliness that follow make both parties realize they care more for each other than they suspected.

The marriage of words and pictures here is perfect. Conversational, just-chatty-enough text presents the antics of our protagonists in a gentle, understated way, while the lively acrylic paintings show us what’s really going on — to humorous effect. Rich colours, sequential imagery, and onomatopoeic touches lend a dash of comic-book flavour to the work. The facial expressions of both protagonists deserve special note — they’re hilarious and remarkably eloquent, speaking volumes to the reader without a single word.

This thoroughly charming title is the debut publication for both Dancing Cat Books and author/illustrator Rebecca Bender — and I look forward to seeing more. Cantankerous relationships like Giraffe and Bird’s are a nicely universal theme with broad potential appeal; adults and young people alike are likely to find themselves grinning knowingly as the two not-friends-at-all try their hardest to drive each other crazy. A fine read-aloud with a sweetly reassuring message: even where there is conflict, there can still be affection.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2011. Volume 34 No. 1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Giraffe and Bird

Giraffe and Bird are an odd couple who can’t live with or without each other. When they’ve finally had all they can take, they part ways — but how will they weather the coming storm? Giraffe will have nowhere to hide from the lightning, and Bird will have no shelter from the thunder. This hilarious tale shows how two so-called enemies are really rather dependent upon each other.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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