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#DiverseKidlit Book Review NONNIE and I (plus some Giraffe Fun Facts!)

 I think my family has taken a shine to giraffes and their majestic beauty since we met Puzzles the Giraffe at our own local zoo a few years ago.

Safari North Zoo

He’s such a handsome fellow 🙂

Recently a lovely author named Savannah reach out to me and asked if I would have interest in sharing her delightful book, Nonnie and I. of course I said, YES! So here are some fun Giraffe Fun Fact Q & A and a look at the book:

Xist Publishing, 2014

As many already know, in 2005 I set out to write a story about a girl and her best friend, a giraffe. I wanted to capture the plains of Botswana and a special friendship bond. I spent time researching giraffes to make sure that the words I presented were true. Ten years later it became the beautiful picture book that is NONNIE AND I.


How long do you think a giraffe sleeps for?

Giraffes sleep about 5-30 minutes in a 24 hour period.

How often does a giraffe drink water?

Giraffes only drink water about every 2-3 days. They acquire a lot of their water in the 75 pounds of food they eat a day.

Do giraffes sleep standing up or laying down?

Giraffes most often sleep standing up, but sometimes they will sleep laying down, resting their heads on their bottoms, while another giraffe keeps watch for safety.

Do all giraffes have the same spots?DSC_6867

A Giraffe’s spots are like human fingerprints, they are all unique. The two main factors of different spots have to do with where they live and what they eat.

Do giraffes make noise?

A giraffe makes snorting, grunting, hissing and moo sounds.

Why is a giraffe’s tongue a blue-black color?

The dark color protects the giraffe’s tongue from becoming sunburned.

How tall and how much does a giraffe way at birth?

Wildlife Zoo - Aug 2014 038Connect with author Savannah Hendricks via her website,  Instagram: @authorsavannahhendricks and Twitter: @AuthorSavannah

Grab your copy of Nonnie and I on Amazon or on Savannah’s site.

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Savannnah hendricksSavannah Hendricks is the author of Nonnie and I, and the co-author of Child Genius 101: The Ultimate Guide to Early Childhood Development (Vol 1, 2 & 3). She has over 20 pieces published in magazines such as Highlights High Five and Front Vision. Savannah has been a member of the SCBWI since 2006, has a Master’s in Criminal Justice, and a degree in Early Childhood Education.

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