The Little Giraffe by Lesley Sims

The Little Giraffe

Written by Lesley Sims
Part of the Usborne First Reading Series

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First Reading: Level Two.

This charming African folktale reveals how giraffes got their long necks - and why rhinos are so grumpy. Titles in this level stretch the reader with more advanced storylines, more text and more complicated sentence structure and vocabulary. 32 pages in length with the main story being up to 250 words alongside some reading-related puzzles. Full of lively, quirky illustrations. Will be enjoyed with equal enthusiasm if read alone or together with a parent.

Other First Reading Level 2 titles include How Elephants Lost their Wings, Clever Rabbit and the Lion, and The Dragon and The Phoenix.


The Little Giraffe by Lesley Sims

The Little Giraffe and his best friend, Rhino, are very, very hungry. What happens next changes their lives forever.

About the Author

Lesley has written ever since she can remember. After winning prizes for English at school, she went on to study law at university because her mother insisted she had something to fall back on.

She qualified as a barrister but realised she didn't want to spend her life in a wig. She was also writing short stories when she should have been revising for her Bar Finals, another clue that she wasn't cut out for legal life. Instead, she joined a small publishing company and edited their directory of the legal profession.

In 1993, Usborne Publishing advertised for a fiction editor in their Oxford office and she leapt at the chance. She transferred to the London office in 1995, writing puzzle fiction and humorous history books. Her "Visitor's Guide to Ancient Rome", a spoof tourist guide to the city, won the Times Educational Supplement Senior Information Book Award in 2000. She is now a managing editor in charge of the Young and First Reading Series, Handbooks and Treasuries, among others.

When she isn't writing or editing, Lesley loves watching plays and films, learning to tap dance, taking long walks beside the Thames and playing her tenor sax in a jazz band. Her favourite colour is purple.

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Book Info


48 pages
Interest Age: 4+


Lesley Sims
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

28th September 2007




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