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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Jane was a clumsy giraffe who roamed with a group of giraffes on the African plains. Jane went for a walk one day and at the riverbank, Jane met an elephant who was drinking water. He dipped his trunk in and sucked up the muddy pool. He splashed himself with water to keep himself cool. Jane wished she had a trunk like that. She wished she was an elephant. As she continued walking across the plain, she saw a cheetah running very fast. Jane wished she could run swiftly like the cheetah but she tripped and fell when she tried. She then saw a monkey climbing the tree and, after watching him, Jane wanted to become like him. She didn't succeed in that too when she tried. Lastly, she met a zebra who told Jane how it wanted to become a giraffe. Jane suddenly realized she was tall and could see very far.
Jane The Clumsy Giraffe: Admiring Animals by Karen Mowrer is a beautiful story about self-acceptance, self-love, and self-belief. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they breathe life into the story and the characters. Jane the giraffe has been portrayed very well, and her character and personality are real and relatable to readers. It is a good story for tutors and parents to use for read-aloud and storytelling sessions to help children believe in themselves and accept themselves for who they are and what they have. It is interesting to note how the zebra taught Jane the giraffe the most important and valuable lesson of her life. This inspiring adventure story not only conveys a good message to young readers but also educates them about the skills of other animals that live in the wild. It will help children understand they are all special in their own way. The messages in the story are not only for children but also for adults.