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Gerome the Giraffe Stands Tall

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Gerome the Giraffe Stands Tall

From the Around the Corner Newsletter, Issue 4:      When I stand up straight, I am much taller than all my friends. It used to bother me when other kids laughed and pointed, so I decided to keep my head down to blend in and avoid attention.     That worked for awhile. But holding my head down did not feel right at all. My neck was not designed to be bent all the time and it started to hurt!      Then one day I used my long neck to reach up into a tall tree to rescue a friend...

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Why Ally the Alligator's Tail Swishes

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Why Ally the Alligator's Tail Swishes

From the Around the Corner Newsletter, Issue 3:      My tail swishes or waves back and forth when I’m nervous or worried about something. The more nervous I am, the faster my tail moves.     I’m a pretty quiet alligator, and most of the time no one notices me.  But when I getnervous, watch out! That’s when my long tail starts twitching, and before I know it, it is swishing to and fro. Sometimes it waves so hard that I accidentally knock over chairs -- or even some of my smaller friends!     When my tail starts twitching, my...

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Fred the Frog Likes to Hop!

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Fred the Frog Likes to Hop!

From the Around the Corner newsletter, Issue 2:           I love to hop! It is all I have wanted to do ever since I was a tadpole. I waited forever to grow legs so that I could start jumping lessons and hop out of the pond with my friends.          But one of my legs is shorter than the others and I have trouble controlling the direction of my hops. When I first tried to hop, it was awful! No matter where I aimed, I always landed somewhere else. I crashed into bushes, and one...

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Ellema the Elephant Explains Her Sneezes

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Ellema the Elephant Explains Her Sneezes

From the Around the Corner Newsletter, Issue 1: Did you know that there are all kinds of sneezes? When I sneeze with my very long nose everyone notices! But you should hear the teeny tiny little ppffffttt  noise that my friend, Tajo the Tarantula makes when he sneezes. (Actually, you really can't hear it. I just know he's sneezing when his eyes snap shut and his body shakes.)         The first time I sneezed at school, my classmates ducked under their desks! I thought it was funny, until they quit sitting beside me to avoid my sneezes. That made me sad. I can't...

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