Friday, June 06, 2014

Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe ~ Review and Giveaway for a Book and Plush Giraffe!

GEMINA: THE CROOKED-NECK GIRAFFE is about a real Baringo giraffe that was born healthy at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. She came to live at the Santa Barbara Zoo; at the age of thee, a bump appeared on the side of her neck, and it grew over time. No one knew what caused it, or what it might be; it didn't seem to bother her, and she soon became the most famous resident of the zoo. (Here's a link to an article from the Santa Barbara paper.) She was an inspiration to many visitors, since she never let her difference affect her demeanor.

GEMINA tells her story, with an afterword showing a photograph of the real Gemina. The endpapers are composed of letters from the giraffe's young fans.

My thoughts:
Just like the Santa Barbara Zoo, our local zoo has an exhibit that allows people to feed giraffes, so Gemina’s story was especially appealing to our family. Not only does it tell the story of a beautiful animal, but it teaches children that looking “different” just makes animals -- and people -- unique! In the book, a girl in a wheelchair and a boy with scoliosis are especially comforted by Gemina’s popularity despite her unusual appearance. In Gemina’s twenty-one years of life, she was the zoo’s most famous and beloved resident. June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, making this a great time to share Gemina’s story with your children or grandchildren!

About the author:
Karen B. Winnick is the author and illustrator of many picture books for children, including Barn Sneeze, Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, and A Year Goes Round: Poems for the Months. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. To learn more, visit her website: karenbwinnick.com.

All of the author’s proceeds from the sale of Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe go directly to supporting animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Check out the Gemina activity kit! http://www.karenbwinnick.com/index.htm

Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe along with an adorable plush giraffe. (U.S. addresses only.) Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway closes at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, June 20, 2014.



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86 comments:

  1. I would love to read her "Barn Sneeze" book.

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  2. I would like to read "The Night of the Fireflies."

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  3. Night of the Fireflies looks like a very cute book.

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  4. The Night of the Fireflies sounds cute!

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  5. I'd enjoy The Night of the Fireflies (Laura DeLuca)

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  6. I would like to read "MR. LINCOLN'S WHISKERS"

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  7. I would like Barn Sneeze

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  8. I'd love to read Night of the Fireflies.

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  9. I would love to read "The Night of the Fireflies" :)
    Thank you
    melly66(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  10. Lucy's Cave looks great.

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  11. The historical ones look neat. I would like to read CASSIE'S SWEET BERRY PIE: A CIVIL WAR STORY.

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  12. Barn Sneeze sounds good to me!
    Carly D.

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  13. Wehaf1:07 PM

    I'd like to read Lucy's Cave.

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  14. "The Night of the Fireflies" looks good too! I would love to win this book about the giraffe for my niece! Such a neat story!

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  15. I would like to have The Night of the Fireflies for my daughter.

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  16. I think the book, Barn Sneeze, would be a good book. I love learning about new books to share with my students!

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  17. Anonymous8:33 PM

    NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES sounds like a fun book. The girls like to capture fireflies on a summer night.
    heaven_1_(at)hotmail.com

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  18. I would also like to read the Barn Sneeze book.

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  19. I would like to read Night of the Fireflies.

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  20. Hello! The Night of the Fireflies sounds like something I would love to read to my grandson. So cute. Thank-you!

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  21. Barn Sneeze sounds pretty good. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

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  22. I'd like to read Lucy's Cave.

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  23. "Barn Sneeze" sounds adorable - would be fun making all the animal sounds!

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  24. I would love to read The Night of the Fireflies! That sounds really cute!

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  25. Night of the Fireflies sounds like a great story!

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  26. I'd also like to read SYBIL'S NIGHT RIDE. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. BARN SNEEZE sounds cute

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  28. Barn sneeze looks good!

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  29. I would like to read NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES because I remember playing with fireflies when I was a child.

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  30. We would like to read The Night of The Fireflies!
    j1man1r66@etex.net
    Jennifer Rogers

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  31. SYBIL'S NIGHT RIDE - story of SYBIL Ludington... fascinating, a inspiring story for girls.

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  32. CASSIE'S SWEET BERRY PIE: A CIVIL WAR STORY.

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  33. Night of the Fireflies. Thank you

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  34. Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers is the one I would love to read. I am related to Abraham Lincoln so that is one reason, the other reason is that the book delves into the past which fascinates me!

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  35. Would like to read NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES!
    -Ashley Irby

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  36. Daniel M10:25 PM

    The Night of the Fireflies sounds good too - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  37. Cassie's sweet berry pie - A civil war story

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  38. I would love to read MR. LINCOLN'S WHISKERS.

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  39. I would like to read "Barn Sneeze."

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  40. I would love to read the Barn Sneeze book.

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  41. NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES sounds like a good story

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  42. andrea v4:13 PM

    Lucys cave sounds interesting

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  43. I would also like to read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  44. I'd like to read the Night of the Fireflies

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  45. Lucy's Cave would be my pick :)

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  46. I think my daughter would love night of the fireflies

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  47. I would love to read Lucy's Cove.

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  48. I like the NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES book for my daughter.

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  49. I would love to read Barn Sneeze to my daughters!

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  50. Barn Sneeze looks really cute, I'd like to check that one out!

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  51. The Night of the Fireflies.

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  52. I would love to read The Night of the Fireflies

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  53. I'd like to read the Night of the Fireflies to my daughter.

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  54. The night of the firefly's... good book.

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  55. I would like to read Lucy's Cave.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  56. I would like to read The Night of the Fireflies to my son.

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  57. We would also like NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES.

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  58. Another one of Karen B. Winnick's books I would like to read is the NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES.

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  59. I would love to read Sybil's Night Ride to my boys.

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  60. I think I would like to read The Night of the Fireflies

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  61. I would like to read Cassie's Sweet Berry Pie, a Civil War story.

    sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

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  62. I'd also like to read Barn Sneeze!

    Deborah

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  63. NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES.

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  64. Every year we visit my aunt, and the kids are most amazed by all the fireflies in her front yard! I think they would like Night of the Fireflies!

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  65. Lucy's Cave sounds good
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  66. i would like to read THE NIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES

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  67. I would also like to read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers.

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  68. I think my little girl would think Barn Sneeze is funny.

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  69. I would like to read "Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers"

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  70. I think the Night of the Fireflies sounds like a good read

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  71. I would like to read Lucys Cave!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  72. I'd like to read MR. LINCOLN'S WHISKERS

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  73. I would like to read The Night of the Fireflies. The cover instantly attracted me and it seems like a good read.

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  74. id like to read the book UCY'S CAVE

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  75. I would like to read "The Night of the Fireflies."

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  76. I would love to read The Night of the Fireflies.

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  77. I would like to read Lucy's Cave.

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  78. I like the Night of the Fireflies. Thank you


    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. Barn Sneeze sounds good.

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  80. Night of the Fireflies

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  81. I would like to read "The Night of the Fireflies."

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  82. Nicole Lancaster11:24 PM

    Another Karen B. Winnick book I would love to read is LUCY'S CAVE: A STORY OF VICKSBURG, 1863.

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  83. we would like Barn Sneeze

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