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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Kiran the giraffe liked to paint and draw but his first attempts were always sloppy. Kiran was determined when it came to creating though his mates screamed at him for the mess he made. Kiran painted and painted and used canvas after canvas as he tried to figure it out. The monkeys, the hyenas, and the hippos all made fun of him but Kiran was undeterred and kept on working. Kiran and his canvas were covered in rainbow colors but he was sure he would be able to create art. He painted and painted and painted and he bought more paint from the store when he ran out of it. Kiran knew what to do when he walked back home. What did he do and would all the animals who scoffed at his painting like his art?
Kiran Creates by Rachelle Jones-Smith is a delightful story that is all about self-belief, determination, and perseverance narrated through the story of Kiran the giraffe. Silver Velvet gives clarity to the concept with illustrations that breathe life into the characters and the scenes and make them as colorful as Kiran's art to readers. Written in rhyming verses, the story has good rhythm and pace and a meaningful message for young readers. Kiran's determination to succeed in creating a masterpiece is encouraging and will inspire many readers to persevere in making their dreams happen. This story can be used in classrooms and homes by tutors and parents to give confidence to children when it comes to achieving their goals.