Disclaimer: I received a book in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
My daughters and I have been picking up on our reading. Butterfly finally sits through a book that’s more than a couple of pages long and now Bee “reads” to herself all of the time!
I’m always looking for new books, ones with interesting story lines that haven’t been done to death. I have found that a lot of children’s stories are bad, in my opinion, and I’m not going to list names because I know that they are others favorites! No fight today!
I was excited to be approached about a new book, Gladly Giraffe.
Gladly Giraffe is the nicest, most gracious giraffe you’d ever meet. He would do whatever he can for all of his friends! Since Gladly was obviously tall, a lot of his help came in the form of picking up his friends and placing them in high places.
Gladly never complained and seemed to have a lot of friends around… Oliver Owl, Sandra Amy Louise (the Siamese), Belinda Balloon, Sybil Skunk and Dame Cow. Gladly was happy to help all those in need, some of them didn’t even need to ask! By the end, all of his friend’s appreciated his help and reciprocated his kindness!
I liked this book because there aren’t a lot of books out there about being kind, just for the sake of being kind… or for that matter, reciprocating kindness for those who are kind to you. As a mother, I feel like I’m constantly giving and giving and giving, with rarely a thought of receiving anything back. I feel like I have a friend like each of Gladly’s friends who are asking of my time and resources.
I also appreciate how Gladly does everything… well, Gladly. No complaints, no arguments, no excuses. He does it with joy and kindness.
What was also a nice change, was that Gladly was a male, who was able to give of himself, because we more often hear of the woman giving of herself.
Bee really got into the book. After our second time through, she decided she could “read” it herself. She read it a couple of nights later, until she fell asleep!
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