One of my favorite read-aloud stories is A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein.

If you have never read it, be prepared to do a lot of rhyming and repeating. The story builds as you go and by the halfway point you need to stop for a deep breath because

You would have a giraffe and a half, with a rat in a hat, looking cute in a suit, with a rose on his nose, with a bee on his knee, with a chair in his hair, playing toot on a flute, with a snake eating cake, and a skunk in a trunk, and a dragon in a wagon on a bike with a spike and a whale on his tail in a hole with a mole.

The whole book is illustrated in Silverstein’s signature style. There are so many things in each picture that I see something new each time.

I love this book and it’s a classic that could easily last another 50 years.

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