Greedy Zebra Paperback
Illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway
Part of the African Animal Tales series
When the animals discovere a cave full of furs and skins, they discarde their drab skins for glossy new ones.
Greedy zebra, arrives late, after a delicious snack, only to find a few stripes of black cloth.
He squeezes into them but Greedy Zebra iis too big for them and his new coat bursts open!The story of how all the animals chose their clothing, except for Greedy Zebra, who had to take the left-over pieces . . .
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 32 pages, Colour Illustrations
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 01/04/1984
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780340409121
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Review by lbradf4
In my opinion I think the author of The Greedy Zebra did a great job with the story of how the zebra got his stripes. She explains how his greed for all of the grass led to him having to settle for black fabric that did not fit him and ripped all across his big belly. The story begins with all the animals being dull to look at, “all the animals in the world were a dull, depressing color; no coats, no horns, no spots, and no stripes.” When they announced that there were beautiful things in the cave all of the animals ran to the cave. The greedy zebra did not because “He certainly wasn't going to give up a single mouthful for a silly old cave of any sort” he was too busy eating as much grass as possible to be bothered by getting a new coat. This led to him getting to the cave very late and getting nothing beautiful to wear leaving him with his stripes. The author did a great job at describing why the zebra did not get anything beautiful to wear and how the stripes came to be. This illustrator of this book did a fantastic job, after having dull coats, the animals all received beautifully vivid furs and wonderful horns. The color is so rich, especially for the first animal the zebra sees, the antelope. “She was wearing the most glorious new coat. And horns!” Every single picture matched the main idea on each page of what the author wrote. They did a great job working together to create this story of the zebra getting his stripes, in a fun way that many ages will enjoy to read.