Lynn Sherr: Tall Blondes A Book About Giraffes



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Tall Blondes gathering ust on my bookshelf I finally The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives decided it was time to read something completelyifferent from a fictional novel or biography If someone asked me what my favorite animal was I probably wouldn t immediately think of or say giraffe I m not obsessively crazy about giraffes but upon much pondering I think they re pretty fascinating and beautiful creatures Unfortunately this book A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, didn t provide me with the excitement for giraffes for which I was hoping It felt like reading someone s research paper orissertation It was a compilation of anything and everything giraffe that s ever been said written or rawn throughout history It contained uote after uote after uote without much being written by the author herself to engage the reader There also wasn t much coherence or chronological order to the chapters Although this book was released in 1997 its contents would be the euivalent of someone Googling the word giraffe and reading through all of the results in the random order in which they re presented on the screen It idn t really give me much insight into the giraffe itself from birth to eath although some of the photos were very nice and I loved reminiscing over giraffe related Far Side cartoons I learned a few interesting facts and insights into giraffes but not enough for me to recommend this book That s the long and short of it First read February 28 2017 After reading Sherr s 2012 book Swim Why We Love the Water I had overly high expectations for this book While I id learn fascinating factoids about giraffes the book Men And Gods In Mongolia didn t have the personal touch that made Swim so enjoyable perhaps because Sherr offers no frame story to breathe life into all the cultural history about giraffes This book often seems like an outline for a research report especially chapters thato little than list her favorite uotes about giraffes It makes for a easy to put Hunter Killer (Pike Logan down book with very few pages without indented italicized uoted passages Liked it Didn t love it Despite all I ve said I learned numerous things about giraffes Here are my favoritesThey are the talle. Ffe star of a TV movie The book is not just about giraffes in the wild it's about how they have impacted on humans and visa versa stirring the imaginations of artists writers and thinkers Taking a whimsical approach to her very serious subject Sherr has filled it with little known tidbits awe inspiring photographs andrawings and intriguing tales about the world's tallest land animalRead it and you'll not only learn about why Sherr a tall blond herself has fallen head over heals for this gawky but graceful animal you'll fall in love to.

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I love giraffes with a passion yet so few books or wildlife Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, documentaries focus on them Big predators andangerous herbavores such as hippopotamus get all the attention Lynn Sherr who shares my fascination with giraffes has sought to remedy that This book is a charmer with not only facts about giraffes but anecdotes folktales ancient ethnic art featuring giraffes and stories about a few giraffes that became famous Not for those seeking hard science But if you just want to suee over giraffes and enjoy learning about wildlife you might like this one This was an enjoyable read When I selected it I hoped the title suggested a sense of humor about the subject That was proven when I saw the first Gary Larsen Far Side cartoon at the beginning of the first chapter Sheer peppers the book with cartoons amusing pictures and cultural references that add to the facts and mytho Pros Loved the The Friend Zone design of this book inside and out As for the contents well written with humor uotes facts history and of course beautiful pictures of giraffes Note skipped the chapter 6 on hunting glad it was included but the reality is horridCons Wish there was a single story to interweave and or connect the chapters Felt theistinction of the chapters were too separate Cover Art 5 out of 5 Brilliant Slightly out of Flying Scotsman Manual date but so entertaining Io admit though I skipped the chapter on hunting I loved reading about April s ancestors and seeing all of the art and photographs of this most Alpha (Shifters, delightful creature Most giraffe books are for children or are scholarly zoological works Sherr s short volume is one of the few aimed at the general adult reader There are short chapters about giraffe biology giraffes in art and history famous giraffes ect Profusely illustrated and like the animal the book itself is tall and thin I love animals in particular I love horsesogs cats and giraffes They all have in common beautiful expressive eyes This is the second book I have read about giraffes recently and I ll not read another This was a factual account and again there was a lot of history reported but the most. Hundreds of books have been written about Whalerider dogs and cats Dozens about lions and tigers and bears But how many non scholarly books have been written about giraffes one of nature's most intriguing and uniue animals None Until nowYou know Lynn Sherr as a veteran journalist and as a leading correspondent for the ABC news magazine 2020 but you probablyidn't know that she has been an avid giraffophile since a visit to the African wilderness nearly twenty five years agoThe ays of the giraffe being overlooked and under appreciated are over wi.

Interesting chapter was the first where it listed uick facts A giraffe s tongue is approximately 18 long The male reaches a height of 18 and weighs in at 15 tons Females are usually around 16 tall and weigh approximately5 ton They live up to age 30 Calves are born after a 15 month gestation period and stand 6 ft at birth They are also born with horns The female usually has two horns males three and some even have as many as five They are gentle giants and Giraffes always make me think of my maternal grandmother She was nuts about them So is TV journalist Lynn Sherr and she shares her love affair with them in Tall Blondes the book that later inspired the first episode of season 21 of Nature on PBSThe giraffe like the platypus is so unusual in its size shape and features that first hand accounts of it weren t always believed They are social ocile but can kill a lion with a few well placed kicksSherr s book begins with her own history of meeting giraffes and moves then to the early history of mankind s accounts of the giraffe From there the book goes through other themes like giraffes as gifts and giraffes in the circus and at zoosI loved the many included illustrations that show either historic Graphic Design For Everyone drawings of giraffes or photographs of famous giraffes I also enjoyed the thematic groupings of the chaptersWhere the book fell flat though for me was in the many long uotations of famous people having something to say about giraffes There are pages and pages like this and they completely gum up the flow of the book After a few of these uotation only sections I ended up skipping the rest I purchased this book in the late 1990s when it first came out It s sat on my bookshelf collectingust ever since I was initially attracted to it because a I love love LOVE the clever title and b what maniacal person wouldn t like giraffes They re such Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, docile interesting mammals I figured oneay I like to learn about them and this book should probably cover it I also like how the book isn t traditionally shaped it s long and slender much like its four legged subjectSo after years of. Th the publishing of Tall Blondesa one of a kind book about a one of a kind animal The giraffe's unusually long neck and legs make it one of the most recognizable creatures on our planet But it also possesses a wide range of other fascinating and endearing traits and features And while most giraffes are blondes they come in beautiful arrays of red brown and even whiteSherr traces the cultural history of the giraffe from it's first appearance in Europe in 46 BC thanks to Julius Caesar through medieval bestiaries and up to the modern gira.

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