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Read To Me: Don't Laugh at Giraffe by Rebecca Bender

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Read To Me, a new series on Open Book, showcases those magical children?s books that kids will ask you to read multiple times, and that you?ll love reading. Today, we?re featuring Don't Laugh At Giraffe (Pajama Press), by Burlington-based author and illustrator Rebecca Bender.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Although Bird and Giraffe are friends, they often squabble and annoy each other. When other animals make fun of Giraffe, Bird realizes that his friend is embarrassed and that he, Bird, must help out.

WHY KIDS WILL LOVE IT: The relationships in Don't Laugh at Giraffe cleverly reflect the often-confusing relationships kids have with other kids. Figuring out how to be with others is tricky for children, and they will likely welcome the conversation the book can inspire. Bender's illustrations are gorgeous, colourful and lively.

WHY GROWN UPS WILL LOVE IT: The book's message is lovely and an important one for children to understand: we all need to be strong enough to stand up against bullies and to stick up for our friends. The book's appeal doesn't just lie in its message; Bender's charming and funny writing and vibrant illustrations make Don't Laugh at Giraffe a very entertaining book to read out loud.

For more information about Rebecca Bender, visit her website, www.littlestreetstudio.com

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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