Format: Hardcover ARC
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book: A sweet colorful story of friendship with a great message of listening and being present for our loved ones when they need us. Watercolor, colored pencils, and digital painting were used for the wonderful illustrations. The front end pages are the giraffe colorings and the back end pages are the zebra colorings. Every day Giraffe and Zebra walk to the watering hole together. But not today, Giraffe is up in a tree hiding from a spider down on the ground, he is afraid to come down. Zebra, being a good friend tries to tell Giraffe that he has nothing to be afraid of. He begins by telling Giraffe that he is bigger than the spider, he is stronger than the spider, you are faster than the spider, it is just a tiny spider! Giraffe did feel like it must seem silly to Zebra but he felt scared, worried, and embarrassed. Zebra is patient and waits until Giraffe overcomes his fear and nervously comes down from the tree. Giraffe was thankful that Zebra waited for him to go to the watering hole together. As they start walking, Giraffe spots the spider but this time he was feeling brave with Zebra by his side and kneels down to the ground to invite the spider along. But the spider was afraid of the Giraffe and scampered right up the tree. Now the Zebra and Giraffe both waited and stood by at the bottom of the tree for the spider.
The back pages include tips for when you are: Feeling Worried; When You Feel Anxious; Having Empathy; and How You Can Help A Worried Friend.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? A great read aloud to discuss friendship and being there for them to support them when they are afraid and need us.
Who should buy this book? elementary schools, home and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books social emotional
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, JC Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA
Date of review: December 26, 2020