Tall Blondes: A Book about Giraffes

Tall Blondes A Book about Giraffes Hundreds of books have been written about 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 un

  • Title: Tall Blondes: A Book about Giraffes
  • Author: Lynn Sherr
  • ISBN: 9780836227697
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hundreds of books have been written about 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 unique animals None Until now.You know Lynn Sherr as a veteran journalist and as a leading correspondent for the ABC news magazine 20 20, but you probably didn t know that sHundreds of books have been written about 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 unique animals None Until now.You know Lynn Sherr as a veteran journalist and as a leading correspondent for the ABC news magazine 20 20, but you probably didn t know that she has been an avid giraffophile since a visit to the African wilderness nearly twenty five years ago.The days of the giraffe being overlooked and under appreciated are over with the publishing of Tall Blondes,a 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 white.Sherr traces the cultural history of the giraffe, from it s first appearance in Europe in 46 B.C thanks to Julius Caesar through medieval bestiaries and up to the modern giraffe 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 and drawings, and intriguing tales about the world s tallest land animal.Read 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 too.

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    About “Lynn Sherr”

    1. Lynn Sherr

      Broadcast journalist and writer Lynn Sherr has been swimming since she was a toddler, learning first by watching frogs in a Pennsylvania lake She has since expanded both her strokes and her waterways For than thirty years, she was an award winning correspondent for ABC News She is the author of many books, including Tall Blondes A Book about Giraffes Outside the Box A Memoir, and Failure Is Impossible Susan B Anthony in Her Own Words She lives in New York.You can contact her at LynnSwims gmail and follow her on Twitter LynnSherr and at Facebook SallyRideBio.

    827 thoughts on “Tall Blondes: A Book about Giraffes”

    1. After reading Sherr's 2012 book, Swim: Why We Love the Water, I had overly high expectations for this book. While I did learn fascinating factoids about giraffes, the book 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 that do little more than list her favorite quotes about giraffes. It makes for a [...]



    2. I purchased this book in the late 1990s when it first came out. It's sat on my bookshelf collecting dust 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 docile, interesting mammals. I figured one day I'd like to learn more 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 subject.So, [...]


    3. 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 PBS.The 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, docile, but can kill a lion with a few well placed kicks.Sherr's book begins with her own history of m [...]


    4. I love animals; in particular, I love horses, dogs, 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 interesting chapter was the first where it listed quick facts. A giraffe’s tongue is approximately 18” long. The male reaches a height of 18’ and weighs in at 1.5 tons. Females are usually around [...]


    5. 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.


    6. Slightly out of date, but so entertaining - I do 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-delightful creature.


    7. Pros: Loved the design of this book, inside and out! As for the contents, well written with humor, quotes, facts, history and of course beautiful pictures of giraffes. (Note: skipped the chapter 6 on hunting - glad it was included, but the reality is horrid)Cons: Wish there was a single story to interweave and or connect the chapters. Felt the distinction of the chapters were too separate. Cover Art: 5 out of 5 Brilliant!


    8. 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 mythology of giraffes. The book is organized into ten short chapters, each covering different aspect. For instance "How the Giraffe Got its Neck" and "Growing up Giraffe" are tw [...]


    9. I love giraffes with a passion, yet so few books or wildlife documentaries focus on them. Big predators and dangerous 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 squee ov [...]


    10. Considering I knew almost nothing about giraffes prior to picking out this book, I would say it much entertained and educated me. I was just curious to find out more on these creatures, and the book provided that. Giraffes are such great animals. I hope they thrive in and out of captivity in Earth's future.


    11. Found out there's a word for what I am: a giraffophilewell, not in the extreme sense, but I do love these "tall blondes" and enjoyed reading about them.



    12. The author loves giraffes and makes an excellent case as to why we should as well. She manages to cram history, zoology, and pop culture into this short book.



    13. Like the title says, it is a book about giraffes. I learned about giraffes but has a lot of quotes from other authors and started to skip them.




    14. I love giraffes, hence the reason I picked up this book, but it was pretty dry and not really anything that new or interesting.


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