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The Lion, His Mane and the Giraffe

Dov Elbaum
AGE: 3-6

Is Lion still a lion? Can he be the King of the Beasts without his gorgeous mane? At first, his devoted friend the Giraffe doesn`t think so.
One morning, Lion gets very itchy under his mane. He scratches and scratches and finally he decides to have a haircut. So he heads off on his bicycle to the Fox`s hairdressing salon and has his mane shaved off. When Giraffe comes by later, she`s shocked! "What sort of a Lion are you, without your mane?" she exclaims. "You`re nothing now, just a strange-looking animal!" And she goes to the beach by herself. But later that day, she’s not so full of herself, and her proud neck is all droopy... and bright red. "I fell asleep and got too much sun," she explains, tears trickling down her blotchy cheeks. "And now everyone is making fun of me. They say I`m not a giraffe any more, just a funny-looking red creature." But the Lion is kind-he tells her she`s still a beautiful giraffe at heart. Giraffe understands and apologizes for hurting his feelings before. And they hug and make up, till it`s time for bed.
This beautifully illustrated story about friendship, change and identity was on the national bestseller lists for 29 weeks.

Illustrations: David Hall


English translation available (for publishers only)

The Lion, His Mane and the Giraffe
Title The Lion, His Mane and the Giraffe
Author’s Last Name Elbaum
Author's First Name Dov
Language(s) Hebrew, Korean
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2006
No. Pages 44 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Arye Ha-Raʹamtan, Ve-Ha-Jirafa Gam
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

Korean: Seoul, School Road, 2011
 
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