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The Chalk Giraffe
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Reviewed Titles Print Book Supported by Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
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The Chalk Giraffe

by Kirsty Paxton
Illustrated by Megan Lotter

A little girl's imagination springs to life when the chalk giraffe she drew on the pavement begins talking to her. But then the fickle giraffe begins making demands, and the girl must draw surroundings to fulfill his requests...a tree, soft grass, and animal friends. But nothing seems to please him! This delightful rhyming story escalates until the girl draws a laughing giraffe companion that cheers up the grumpy giraffe at last.

Reading LevelGrades PreK-1
Interest LevelGrades PreK-1
Lexile Level550L
ATOS Level3.2
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #507070
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Page Dimensions10" x 10"
Page Count32
School/Library Price

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Kirkus Reviews

"From South Africa comes the story of a cantankerous giraffe and the budding artist who created him. . . .For most of the book, black backgrounds highlight the chalky, textured look of the protagonist's artwork, each page warm with citrusy colors and grounded with earthy greens that add exceptional brightness. . . .Makes the burdensome process of reworking art surprisingly engaging." - Kirkus Reviews

November 1, 2019

Booklist - Vivian Alvarez

"Giraffe is eager to show her what the world "from up here" looks like, teaching her a valuable lesson about seeing the world from a different perspective. Lötter uses bold colors and thick lines on a dark background in her artwork, which nicely echoes the girl's chalk art ... [and] the bouncy rhythm is a lively counterpoint to the bright illustrations. The helpful message about learning to see things from others' perspectives is useful, too." - Booklist

January 1, 2020

Foreword Reviews - Pallas Gates McCorquodale

"It's an adventure in magical realism in which the two learn about happiness, empathy, and perspective, and it’s sure to inspire the immediate decoration of sidewalks and driveways everywhere." - Foreword Reviews

January 1, 2020

Kirsty Paxton

Kirsty Paxton

Kirsty Paxton is a children's book author living and working in Toronto, Canada, although originally hailing from South Africa. Her work is greatly inspired by her home country, drawing on African themes and tales to express her innermost stories. She has written and published Why is there a Hole in the Wall? with Book Dash, prior to her popular publication The Chalk Giraffe with Megan Lötter. She is currently working on several more titles in similar vein.

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