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The Starry Giraffe

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In the tradition of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, a generous giraffe gives away all of his apples to his hungry friends in this winning picture book that begs to be read aloud.

Poor starry giraffe: every time he reaches for a yummy red apple from a tall tree, one of his hungry friends comes along and the generous giraffe shares the treat. Just when you think he has no
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Aladdin
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Very cute. The kids will love this during story time.
Jungle, Giraffes, Sharing.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A kind character modeling how to give and expect nothing in return and then the last page plot twist made us all giggle.
Goshen PL Childrens
Read at Storytime on September 25, 2019
Theme: Fall is Here! Stories

Read at Storytime 9/19/18
Theme: Apples are the Best!

Read at Storytime 9/20/17
Theme: Apples!

The kids were so worried if the giraffe would have enough apples after sharing with all the other animals. Cheers were made at the end.
Richie Partington
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ps, picturebooks
Richie’s Picks: THE STARRY GIRAFFE by Andy Bergmann, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, June 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-9100-6

“It’s mine but you can have some
With you I’d like to share it
‘Cause if I share it with you
You’ll have some too
Well if I have a cake to eat
If I have a tasty treat
If you come to me and ask
I’ll give some to you”
-- Raffi, “The Sharing Song” (1976)

“Just when she opened up to take a big bite, a little brown mouse popped out of his hole.
‘I’m very hungry,’ he squeaked, but I am much t
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Starry Giraffe was very hungry when she came upon an apple tree full of ripe red apples. She selected the most delicious-looking apple and picked it. But just as she was about to eat the apple, a little mouse appeared and told Starry how hungry he was and that he was far too small to reach the apples on his own. So Starry gave him the apple. She turned back to the tree and picked the second most delicious apple to eat. But as the was about to eat it, a family of skunks came up. The giraffe gave ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Starry picks the perfect apple, but just as she is about to take a bite, a mouse appears and asks her to give it to him. Starry, only slightly disappointed, does just that and picks the second-most-delicious looking apple on the tree only to have another animal too small to reach the apples materialize and request the apple that she picked. This cycle continues until Starry has given away the last apple on the tree without having eaten a single apple herself. Then hungry, sad, and tired she lies ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Bergmann, Andy. The Starry Giraffe, PICTURE BOOK. Aladdin, 2017. $15.99.

The starry giraffe is hungry! She grabs an apple off of an apple tree and is about to eat when a little mouse runs by asking her to get an apple for him too. She passes him her apple and is about to eat when more animals arrive, one by one. She passes them all apples and they eat happily. Eventually there is only one apple left. The starry giraffe is about to eat it when she sees a little inchworm. She gives the inchworm t
Illustrations are great but giraffes don't eat apples and so it makes it a bit difficult for me to enjoy a book that is fundamentally wrong. I know it's a picture book for children and the rules can bend lots in a picture books. Still, children learn lots from picture books and "teaching" them that giraffes eat apples is a little hard for me to swallow. I totally did not see the larger lesson of sharing and selflessness until much later because I was hung up on the apples. ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised this book wasn't on the Goodreads Choice awards for this year. I thought it was way better than a lot of the other candidates.

I normally don't rate children's books because people can just read them to see if they like them. But this one deserves a rating. It teaches that no matter how much we give there are always blessings for us. We can never give too much.

Read it! It's amazing!
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So if you read this after reading other children's picture books you have expectations of how this will end, however it defies these expectations while still providing the best end ever.
I loved the illustrations and that the text was very simple.
Honestly, the title has very little to do with the story other than what the giraffe looks like, but that is okay too.
The ending is honestly the best and I would recommend it to anyone just for the ending.
Lynn  Davidson
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A hungry giraffe finds a tree whose apples look so delicious. Just when she is about to eat one, a little animal asks for it. More animal friends come along and Giraffe keeps giving away the apples until the tree is bare of its fruit. Giraffe is still hungry. Cute story and nice ending. Fun illustrations.
Edward Sullivan
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I loathe The Giving Tree, but this story does not make me nauseous. The giraffe gives expecting nothing in return but it would be nice to at least some of the critters reciprocate his kindly gesture.
Simple illustrations with lots of white background keep the reader's eye focused on the important details.
Simple text set in large font present sentences in a variety of lengths.
Simple story/theme with somewhat unpredictable ending will be great for showing empathy and selflessness!
Alyssa Gudenburr
A very cute story that reminds me of the giving tree. The giraffe keeps giving away apples to all the animals before she gets a chance to eat. A good read aloud for children that teaches about helping others.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's this hungry giraffe standing in front of an apple tree. Each time he takes an apple from the tree, a friend shows up who is also hungry. The giraffe ends up giving away all the apples from the tree. ...more
Michelle Simpson
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The ending surprised me!
Mikey Golczynski
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The ending gave me a snort.
Giraffe shares apples with all of the animals until they are all gone. Hilarious twist at the end! K-2 kids would love it--and it would be a great readers' theater (acting out) ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Children's book! Sharing is caring! ...more
Meghan Hunt
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations
Miss Sarah
A very tall giraffe is picking an apple for a snack but each time he picks one someone shows up and wants it. What will eh do? nice sharing theme. toddler and up
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so sweet and I loved the little twist ending.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An all-time favorite I laughed aloud and even my girls liked it (ages 16, 19, 23) Sharing, disappointment, perseverance, patience, sharing
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kindness matters. A great book about giving a little extra of yourself.
Alyssa Tabor
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Probably will skip for storytime.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So cute with a good message Awh
Kathy E.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Simple. With a nice message. I miss kids books like these.
Gina Marie Valdez
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Both of my autistic children ages almost 5 & 2 loved this book!
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In the picture book, The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergmann, bright and bold illustrations against a white background will help young children focus on charming characters and their generous actions while the gentle text helps them delve into the subject of sharing. For ages 2-5.
Emily Cushing
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Starry the Giraffe is a picture book. This book is intended for children four to eight years old. Starry the Giraffe went to the apple tree because she was hungry. Every time she went to eat an apple, another animal would say they were hungry and ask for the apple and Starry would give it to the animal in need. I rated this book with three stars because it has a good moral to the story, but does not have much of a story line to it. I think the book shows children the lesson of always helping som ...more
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