Giraffe Asks For Help

Giraffe Asks For Help


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Gary Giraffe is so excited to finally turn six—now he should be able to reach the acacia leaves all on his own! When things don’t go exactly as he’d planned, Gary is distraught. He tries and tries to get to the leaves himself, but he’s just not tall enough. The other giraffes can do it—why can’t he?
Gary doesn’t want to have to ask for help, but his friends convince him that everyone needs help sometimes. And that’s OK! Includes a Note to Parents & Caregivers with more information on help-seeking and independence in children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433829468
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 984,894
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Nyasha Chikowore was a licensed clinical professional counselor who provided classroom and school-wide prevention activities related to mental health, with an emphasis on destigmatizing asking for any type of help. She is currently working on her doctorate in clinical psychology. Nyasha lives in Maryland.

Janet McDonnell is an illustrator, whose work combines traditional media and digital magic, an author who has written, books, games, and magazines, and a teacher of kids from pre to high school. She is an illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and on the advisory board of Play for Peace. Janet lives near Chicago, Illinois. Visit

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Giraffe Asks For Help 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RoseisReading More than 1 year ago
Gary giraffe is excited, he’s 6 years old today! He’ll finally be able to reach the best leaves from the giant acacia trees. When things don’t go as plan, Gary is frustrated and disappointed. All his other giraffe friends his age are able to eat the leaves with no problems. When Tye Tickbird his best friend suggests to Gary to ask for help, Gary’s friends help him to reach the acacia leaves. Gary learns that it’s ok to ask for help sometimes. This book has absolutely adorable illustrations and went perfectly with the story. The story was well written and easy to follow. Gary and his friends were cute and taught a lesson in an easy to understand manner. At the end of the book is a Note to Parents & Caregivers about the importance of help-seeking, what you can do to encourage help-seeking behavior & to encourage empathy. My grandson loved Gary the giraffe and I’ll admit I did too! I felt it was a good book to let children know it’s okay to ask for help when necessary. I definitely think it would be a great book to encourage teamwork and helping one another to succeed.
Marilyn Panton More than 1 year ago
This charming story is about a small giraffe named Gary who just had his sixth birthday. What does that mean to him? Well he now can reach way up high into the acacia trees and eat the succulent leaves from the top. He can't wait to show everyone how grown up he is. Gary's dad accompanies him to this milestone event. "Let's go, Gary. The early giraffe gets the good leaves!" On the way through the neighbourhood he is met with birthday wishes from his animal friends and receives a special greeting from his best friend in the whole world, Tye Tickbird. When they finally reach a tall acacia tree the moment of truth is waiting. Gary tries his best to reach up and nibble the leaves near the top but is disappointed to discover he is still not tall enough to succeed in that endeavour. He is so disappointed and humiliated at his shortcomings. He tries out several methods to achieve success but fails. Oh my! He is broken-hearted. His friends can do it why can't he? Tye, sensing his friend's dilemma and frustration, suggests that perhaps Gary should ask for help. Will Gary take his concerned friend's advice and humbly ask his friends to help him out? This is a valuable life lesson to learn at an early age... it's just fine to ask for help from those around you. Others are more than happy to give a helping hand. None of Gary's family or friends belittled him or made him feel embarassed and I like that aspect of the story a lot. The illustrations are colourful, full of emotion and fun. This is another book in the series from the American Psychological Association with accommodating suggestions for adults at the end of the book. I recommend "Giraffe Asks For Help."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gary Giraffe is turning six and thinks that he will now be able to reach the sweetest leaves on the Acacia tree. What happens when he can't? How does he feel? This is another in the series from the American Psychological Association. It is written to de-stigmatize asking for help. There is a good lesson here for kids: it is okay to ask and others will help. As always in the series, there are helpful suggestions for adults at the back of the book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for another helpful entry. I wish that these books had been around when my children were little.
LawladyCase More than 1 year ago
This book shows Gary Giraffe on his 6th birthday. He is finally old enough to eat from the acacia trees by himself. On the way to the trees, Gary and his dad say “Hi” to everyone and they all wish Gary a happy birthday. To Gary’s disappointment, when he tries to reach the leaves, he is still not talk enough to reach. He is humiliated. He tries a couple of ways to reach the leaves but fails every time. Then Gary’s friend, Tye, suggests that he asks for help. Gary is embarrassed and doesn’t want to ask until the others tell Gary about times when they need help. With the help of his friends, Gary is finally able to reach the sweet leaves and eats so much he thinks he will bust. He falls asleep that night knowing that if he ever needs help he just has to be willing to ask. Cute book with great illustrations and a timely message. The characters are drawn as fun, friendly characters. The lines are bold and clean. The colors are bright. Children so often today feels pressured to do and be perfect. This is a book with a simple message about asking for help that is makes it seem like the obvious thing to do. There is no one bullying Gary for not being able to reach the trees. It is his internal perfectionist that causes his humiliation and embarrassment. I received an ARC from Magination Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.