Family Book Club: Jane the Clumsy Giraffe
By: Karen Mowrer
This is a fun story to get creative little minds thinking about a world of possibilities. Jane is a cute character that does not quite fit in with her peers. This rhyming story follows Jane on her adventure to do the best she can to overcome her clumsy nature. Until she accidentally changes who she is and everyone wants to be more like her.
Here are some questions to get your minds thinking, after you read this book as a family: (as always, adjust questions as needed for the age range in your household):
1. Do you know where Africa is on the globe or map?
2. Have you ever been laughed at by your peers? How did it feel?
3. How would you have treated Jane differently?
4. Do you think that is really how giraffes’ necks got so long?
5. Which illustration is your favorite and why?
6. What else can giraffes’ use their long necks for?
7. How do you think Jane felt when the others wanted to be like her?
This is a great opportunity to talk about a different area of the world, Africa. It is also a chance to talk about why animals are the way they are. Different animals need to adapt to their surroundings to survive. Pick another animal your child knows and come up with a fun and creative story of your own as to how that animal adapted into its surroundings.
Take this opportunity to address bullying. Jane experienced some pretty cruel treatment by her peers. Ask your child if they have ever been on either side of this sort of treatment. Ask them how they would have made Jane feel less excluded and more included. Try to help put them in Jane’s position, it is not fun to feel alone and left out. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone in the world, but you should be kind and not make their life harder than it needs to be.
You can purchase this wonderful book here: Jane the Clumsy Giraffe
It’s more than a book. . . it’s a childhood experience to be treasured for a lifetime.