Animal Lives: Giraffes by Sally Morgan

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Animal Lives: Giraffes by Sally Morgan

Category: Animals and Wildlife
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Louise Jones
Reviewed by Louise Jones
Summary: Learn all about giraffes with this beautiful glossy picture book, crammed with fun facts.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: August 2014
Publisher: QED Publishing
ISBN: 978-1781715307

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The new Animal Lives series of picture books aims to help young children become animal experts, with each book focusing on a different wild animal. The current series looks at animals of the African savannah and this time it is the turn of the noble giraffe to take centre stage.

Although this is a book aimed at young children, I was surprised at just how much I learned from reading it and looking at the pictures. I suppose I never noticed before just how beautiful giraffes are. Granted, I did get VERY close and personal with one on our last trip to the Safari Park, but I was far too busy trying to get it's head out of the car window to appreciate it's pretty face. It is a lot easier to admire these creatures in the comfort of your own home via the pages of a picture book. Those lush, long eyelashes would have most women green with envy!

I never realised before that different species of giraffe have strikingly different coat patterns and colours. The Reticulated giraffe has a burnt orange pattern with pale lines in between, whereas its cousin, the Masai giraffe has brown splotches shapes like maple leaves. The West African giraffe has incredibly pale markings that are almost beige in colour, but its relative in the South has chocolate brown patches.

The book covers many different topics and each subject has a two-page spread. Topics include: giraffe types, growing up, feeding and senses. Each page is crammed with facts and there is a handy glossary at the back that defines unfamiliar words like 'herbivore' and 'vertebrae'.

Since reading this book I have a new found appreciation for these beautiful and graceful animals. Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy.

Bookbag enjoyed the story The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory and Mark Cleary.

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