by Baxter’s Corner
Gerome sticks his neck out
In this children’s book we meet Gerome, the giraffe. He’s much taller than everyone else and feels quite ashamed of his height. He finds a way to blend it with his friends, but it doesn’t feel right and he struggles with his identity, he’s a giraffe after all and keeping a low profile is very ungiraffable. Then one day when Gerome sees someone being bullied and while helping the victim, he discovers the benefits of his height and makes a new friend.
This book is fun and short and also deals with a serious topic that many children might face. It will teach them that being true to yourself is always the best course and that you should stand up against bullying and take care of each other. After the main storyline is completed there is a whole section of the book dedicated to discussing the events in the book and what the book means. There are also some fun facts about giraffes and other little fun bits for kids to think about.
I find that this short story fits well into every kids book collection and it’s a great way to talk to your children about friendship, bullying, self-esteem and so on.
The only downside I can really see is that the artwork is rather messy and I find it hard to separate the different elements at times. I do see the charm in the almost child-like coloring to the images, but I would have preferred a cleaner look. The book is, however, designed this way to fit in with the rest of the books in the same line.
The book is released by Baxter’s Corner and costs $14.95. It can be found at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville and online at http://BaxtersCorner.com