Noah tells giraffe he must find a girl giraffe before the flood comes. “That is how it must be.” Noah says. So giraffe travels from the desert to the Polar Regions in search of a girl giraffe. He encounters a mouse, an elephant, a fish, an ostrich, a kangaroo, a camel, and a penguin, asking each one if they have seen a giraffe. Each animal offers him some advice. The kangaroo offers to paint him spots; the fish offers to teach him to swim. The giraffe sees that it is starting to rain and he races to catch the ark, but he must swim to reach it. He swims by remembering what he learned from the fish. He catches up with the ark and when he is pulled aboard, he finds a female giraffe waiting for him. One wonders how she got aboard without a mate when he wasn’t allowed on without one. The text in this book is stilted (perhaps due to the translation from the original Dutch) and the many unanswered questions will frustrate readers, but the illustrations are excellent. There are quirky details such as the humorous close up which peeks inside a mouse’s hole, and a poignant illustration of the lonely giraffe when it starts to rain. Giraffe is even given a scarf when he is with the penguins. There is also a stark silhouette of the giraffe running alone toward the ark. Mr. Pigni, the illustrator, is a prominent graphic artist from Italy. For ages preschool – 6.
Barbara Silverman had an M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University. She worked as a children’s librarian at the Corpus Christi Public Libraries and at the Corpus Christi ISD before retiring. She worked as a volunteer at the Astor Judaic Library of the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla, CA. Sadly, Barbara passed away is 2012.