The Starry Giraffe

“The Starry Giraffe” is written by Andy Bergmann. It tells the story of an apple loving giraffe who is hungry for a snack but winds up sharing all his apples with his animal friends.

I start the story on with the apple tree with loose apples on the board. For each animal that asks the giraffe for an apple an apple is removed from the tree until all the apples are gone. In the end the second apple tree is added for the giraffe to snack on.

The mouse, raccoon, rabbit, and skunks are pattern from Downeast Thunder Farm. Everything else is clipart from Shutterstock.



A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek
All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Brownie & Pearl Grab A Bite by Cynthia Rylant
Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry
Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church
Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martin Larranaga
Starry The Giraffe by Andy Bergmann
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
Ten Red Apples: A Bartholomew Bear Counting Book by Virginia Miller

Flannel Boards

Rhymes and Fingerplays

Way Up High In the Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree, Hold hands above head.
Two red apples smiled at me. Hold up two fingers
I shook that tree as hard as I could Pretend to shake the tree with both hands.
Down fell the apples Lower hands
Mmmm they were good Rub tummy


Apples and Bananas by Raffi
Five Green Apples by Sharon, Lois & Bram
I put up five green felt apples and remove them from the felt board as the song progresses.



5 Little Apples by Yusuke Yonezu
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Red Apple Green Pear: A Book of Colors

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree, raise baby’s arms over head
Two little apples did I see. hold up two fingers
So I shook that tree as hard as I could, jiggle baby
And down came the apples, lower baby between your legs to the ground
Mmm! They were good! Rub baby’s tummy and hug

Ten Red Apples
Ten red apples growing on a tree hold hands high w/ fingers extended
Five for you and five for me wave one hand, then the other
Help me shake the tree just so shake tree
And ten red apples will fall below lower hands & wiggle fingers
1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8, 9,10!


Way Up High In the Apple Tree by Music for Little People
For each of the fruit trees we bounce babies on our knees and when the fruit falls we drop to the floor