Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Yours Sincerely, GiraffeBy Megumi Iwasa, Illustrations by Jun Takabataka

Giraffe is bored and longs for a friend.  Pelican is bored and offers to deliver letters.  Although Giraffe has never written a letter, he decides to give it a try.

Pelican flies Giraffe’s letter beyond the horizon to a faraway place called Whale Sea.  Seal is the letter carrier there, and he chooses Penguin to be the recipient of Giraffe’s letter.  Soon, a correspondence begins!

But Giraffe has never heard of a penguin and Penguin has never heard of a giraffe.  What is a long neck anyway?  Penguin doesn’t have a neck – in fact, he thinks he might be almost all neck!  Penguin is black and white, and Giraffe wonders if he might be striped like a zebra.  

When Giraffe decides to dress up like Penguin and travel to the other side of the horizon to meet him, a very odd and interesting meeting takes place.  Both Giraffe and Penguin learn a lot, and a beautiful friendship ensues.

With its lovely combination of pencil drawings and short text, including letters, Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, is perfect for early chapter book readers!  Also makes a great read-aloud.