West with Giraffes

West with Giraffes
Author: Lynda Rutledge
Pages: 372
ISBN: 1542023343
Available:
Release: 2021-02
Editor: Lake Union Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

1938: The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow Wilson Nickel. Present day: At 105, Woody feels his life ebbing away. When he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling an experience he cannot take to his grave. In retelling his story, he explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, and the passing of time. -- adapted from jacket

Faith Bass Darling s Last Garage Sale

Faith Bass Darling s Last Garage Sale
Author: Lynda Rutledge
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781101580608
Available:
Release: 2012-04-26
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

SOON TO BE CLAIRE DARLING—A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING CATHERINE DENEUVE! When a wealthy woman decides to sell all of her worldly possessions, she unearths the secrets of her family’s past in this charming debut. On the last day of the millennium, sassy Faith Bass Darling, the richest old lady in Bass, Texas, decides to have a garage sale. With help from a couple of neighborhood boys, Faith lugs her priceless Louis XV elephant clock, countless Tiffany lamps, and everything else in her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn. Why is a recluse of twenty years suddenly selling off her dearest possessions? Because God told her to. As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone drawn to the sale—including Faith’s long-lost daughter—finds that the antiques not only hold family secrets but also inspire some of life’s most important questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1? READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

Giraffe

Giraffe
Author: J. M. Ledgard
Pages: 298
ISBN: 0143038966
Available:
Release: 2007-07-31
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A novel based on a bizarre, real-life incident that took place in 1975 Czechoslovakia describes the destruction of the world's largest captive herd of giraffes at a zoo in a small Czech town, recounting the story of the giraffes from their capture in Africa to their apparently senseless slaughter by the secret police. A first novel. Reprint.

The White Giraffe

The White Giraffe
Author: Lauren St John
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781444002102
Available:
Release: 2010-05-14
Editor: Orion Children's Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The first book in the heart-warming White Giraffe series by Lauren St John, featuring the African adventures of Martine and her magical white giraffe. When tragedy strikes on a winter's night in England, Martine is sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her wild, beautiful new home is riddled with secrets, but lonely Martine finds comfort in the legend of a white giraffe and in mysterious Grace, who believes Martine has a powerful gift. Defying her grandmother by entering the reserve alone, Martine is plunged into a world of danger, mystery and adventure. Who can she trust? And how far will she go to save the only friend she has ever known?

Zarafa

Zarafa
Author: Michael Allin
Pages: 215
ISBN: 9780385334112
Available:
Release: 1999
Editor: Delta
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 1826, a giraffe that had been captured in the Sudan, was shipped to France. Allin looks beyond the fairy tale to reveal the complex web of politics, culture, religion and greed that fueled this phenomenon.

West Coast Wild

West Coast Wild
Author: Deborah Hodge
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781554984411
Available:
Release: 2015-08-25
Editor: Groundwood Books Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Celebrate the Pacific west coast with this gorgeous nature alphabet book. This stunning nature alphabet book explores the fascinating ecosystem of the Pacific west coast — a magnificent area that combines an ancient rainforest, a rugged beach and a vast, open ocean, and where whales, bears, wolves, eagles and a rich variety of marine species thrive in an interconnected web of life. Author Deborah Hodge has spent more than forty years on the west coast, frequently visiting the Pacific Rim region, and she knows it intimately. From A to Z she describes in vivid language the rainforest, ocean and beach, and a great variety of animals that a child might see walking along the shore — from tiny sea jellies to inquisitive sandpipers to leaping orcas. Illustrator Karen Reczuch brings her remarkable talent to the book, and has created image after image that is simply breathtaking. The text and art have been carefully checked for scientific accuracy. Includes a note about the Pacific west coast and suggestions for exploring the region and further reading. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Jim Giraffe

Jim Giraffe
Author: Daren King
Pages: 225
ISBN: 9780385672825
Available:
Release: 2010-08-20
Editor: Anchor Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Scott Spectrum is being haunted by a ghost giraffe named Jim. Scott thinks he’s a man how has everything — a high-speed internet connection, alien-shaped slippers, and a beautiful wife called Continence. But Scott hasn’t touched her in years and she’s been left furiously polishing the sideboard, dreaming of black stallions. According to Jim, Scott’s days are numbered, and to save himself from certain death from sexual repression he must quickly perform every act in the lovermaker’s lexicon. Jim Giraffe knows a lot about sex, luckily. He also loves pizza and beer and has breath that smells of tree-tops. The prudish Scott is at first shocked by this profane, perverted ghost giraffe, but he accepts his help. Little does Scott realize that Jim has his own agenda and that his suburban idyll is about to be well and truly buggered up. Following on from the cult classic Boxy an Star, Daren King has written another extraordinary novel: highly original and linguistically ingenious, naïve and knowing, utterly charming, filthy, and very, very funny.

Water For Elephants

Water For Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781443406437
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Release: 2010-12-14
Editor: HarperCollins Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The runaway international bestseller and beloved fiction classic Orphaned and penniless at the height of the Depression, Jacob Jankowski escapes everything he knows by jumping on a passing train—and inadvertently runs away with the circus. So begins Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s darkly beautiful tale about the characters who inhabit the less-than-greatest show on earth. Jacob finds a place tending the circus animals, including a seemingly untrainable elephant named Rosie. He also comes to know Marlena, the star of the equestrian act—and wife of August, a charismatic but cruel animal trainer. Caught between his love for Marlena and his need to belong in the crazy family of travelling performers, Jacob is freed only by a murderous secret that will bring the big top down. Water for Elephants is an enchanting page-turner, the kind of book that creates a world that engulfs you from the first page to the last.

West Coast Region

West Coast Region
Author: Sue Vander Hook
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781627179065
Available:
Release: 2014-08-01
Editor: Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This coastal region covers a vast and diverse area of the United States. Covered with rainforests in Washington, volcanoes in Oregon, mountains in Northern California, and sandy beaches in Southern California, you’ll have much to explore. The area is rich in history, from the gold rush to Spanish missions, and nature with giant Redwood trees and wildlife. Lace up your hiking boots and stroll along the west coast. This book will allow students to use information gained from illustrations and words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.

A Giraffe Called Geranium

A Giraffe Called Geranium
Author: Ainslie Manson
Pages: 36
ISBN: 0993734103
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Release: 2014-06
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

If I Had a Giraffe

If I Had a Giraffe
Author: Cyndi C. Anthony
Pages: 24
ISBN: 1494785285
Available:
Release: 2013-12
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is Book 1 in the Jerry Giraffe Series. What would you do if you had a giraffe? Would you give it bath or make it laugh? Would you give it a ball and set it on a wall? Join Silly Milly as she weaves her rhyme and shows how a giraffe can have a good time.

Saving Animals from Oil Spills

Saving Animals from Oil Spills
Author: Stephen Person
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781617722882
Available:
Release: 2011-08-01
Editor: Bearport Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Describes the rescue efforts involved in saving the lives of animals affected by an oil spill, showing how they are captured, cleaned, and released back into the wild.

5 Giraffes

5 Giraffes
Author: Anne Innis Dagg
Pages: 88
ISBN: 1554553563
Available:
Release: 2015-06
Editor: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The latest in the 5 Animals series, with an introduction by Rob Laidlaw, 5 Giraffes profiles five unique giraffes from both captivity and the wild. Accompanying the five giraffe profiles is information on their diet, social life, and chapters on some of their more unique aspects, like the giraffe's unusual body. Includes full color photographs throughout, glossary, bibliography, table of contents and index.

Pardon Said the Giraffe

Pardon  Said the Giraffe
Author: Colin West
Pages: 24
ISBN: 1406321044
Available:
Release: 2009-03
Editor: Walker
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The frog wants to know what it's like up where the giraffe is, but the giraffe can't hear what the frog is saying. So the frog jumps higher and higher and higher... onto the lion, the hippo, and the elephant.

Yours Sincerely Giraffe

Yours Sincerely  Giraffe
Author: Megumi Iwasa
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9781927271889
Available:
Release: 2017-03
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book is about friendship and the distinctions of living in different parts of the world. A giraffe that lives in Africa meets a pelican who is a mailman. Since the giraffe is bored, she sends a letter to the first animal the pelican can find on the other side of the horizon. The letter passes on to a seal who gives it to a penguin. He reads the letter and even though he does not understand it he writes back, and becomes the giraffe's pen pal. Although they do not know what each other looks like, the giraffe decides to meet her new friend disguised as a penguin!

Zippity Zoo A Magical Zoo

Zippity Zoo  A Magical Zoo
Author: Julia Dweck
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781623955472
Available:
Release: 2013-11-26
Editor: Xist Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The very best part of our Zippity-Zoo Is you can become any creature you view. So what type of animal suits you the best-- On land or in sea, from the east to the west?” Mr. McGranimals is no ordinary zookeeper and Zippity-Zoo is no ordinary zoo. A day at the zoo turns into a magical adventure for young Ryan when he finds out that the visitors can turn into any creature they choose. When Ryan wishes to become a giraffe, he doesn’t realize the challenges or rewards he’ll face. This rhyming romp will have young listeners reading and laughing along from beginning to end. Young zoologists will enjoy Mrs. Dweck’s true and amazing giraffe facts at the end of the book.

Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse
Author: Jon Sterngass
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781628738490
Available:
Release: 2014-01-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The true life of Crazy Horse is plagued with questions. He did not leave any letters or diaries nor are there any records of speeches he made. Most notably, it is still unclear whether his death was an accident or a murder. Nevertheless, Crazy Horse is considered a gripping symbol of freedom, dignity, and the American West. He was the unfathomable leader for the Lakota tribe and was looked upon for protection by his people. But as whites invaded the Lakota lands and the buffalo herds shrank, many Lakota were forced to relocate to reservations. But not all, for Crazy Horse was determined to fight for his home. Rejecting the reservation system and negotiations with the white invaders, he guided the Lakota in two of the most monumental defeats ever suffered by the US Army: the Fetterman Fight in 1866, and the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, which was fought against the infamous General George Armstrong Custer. Over twenty illustrations and photographs help kids better understand this crucial figure and pivotal moment in nineteenth-century American history. Crazy Horse, part of the Wild West for Kids series, is a must-read for any young historian hoping to learn about a mysterious man who played an influential role in the Native American battles in the West.

Wild Dog Attack

Wild Dog Attack
Author: Lisa Owings
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781612116464
Available:
Release: 2011-08-01
Editor: Bellwether Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Dogs may be man's best friends. However, you shouldn't try to befriend dingoes. Once these wild dogs lose their fear of humans, they can become savage attackers. They will snarl and bite to protect their territory and satisfy their hunger. The stories in this book show that not all dogs should be treated like pets

Juma the Giraffe

Juma the Giraffe
Author: Monica Bond
Pages: 34
ISBN: 0989818292
Available:
Release: 2018-06-04
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What happens when Juma the giraffe sees his reflection in a waterhole? Monica Bond's story, beautifully illustrated by Kayla Harren, will touch the hearts of children everywhere who a searching for what makes them special.

Hadley and Grace

Hadley and Grace
Author: Suzanne Redfearn
Pages: 347
ISBN: 1542014387
Available:
Release: 2021-02
Editor: Lake Union Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author of In an Instant delivers a heart-pounding and emotional roller-coaster ride of self-discovery in the tradition of Thelma and Louise. Needing to escape her abusive marriage, Hadley flees with her two kids, knowing it might be her only chance. A woman who can't even kill a spider, Hadley soon finds herself pushed to the limits as she fights to protect her family. Grace, new mother of baby Miles, desperately wants to put her rough past behind her for good, but she finds it impossible when her path crosses with Hadley's, and her quest for a new start quickly spirals out of control and turns into a terrifying flight for survival. Stronger together than apart, the two find their fates inextricably entwined, and as the danger closes in, each must decide how much she is willing to risk for the other. A powerful story of self-discovery, Hadley and Grace is the heart-racing tale of two women facing insurmountable odds, racing to stay one step ahead of the trouble that is chasing them, and discovering new kinds of love and family along the way.