Grab your jacket, scarf, and skis because Perfect Picture Book Friday is taking you out for a skiing lesson…
…with a giraffe!
I’m thinking back to one particular Friday when I was in the sixth grade. It was the Friday before Winter break. Outside, snowflakes, big as coasters, were settling down on the swings and monkey bars. Inside, my teacher, Mrs. Larson, was piling plates with candy-sprinkled cookies and filling up cups with cocoa and marshmallows. The room was buzzing with the voices of anxious kids, chattering about their plans for those snowy vacation days.
“I’m going to build a snowman, go sledding with my sister, and bake cookies!” I said.
Two kids pushed in front of me, eager to share their winter break plans. In three words, they made my dream snowman grow soggy.
“We’re going skiing!” they shouted.
Of course, everyone wanted to know if they had ever skied before, if they were sticking to the bunny hill, or if they were going to tackle the scariest slope.
After winter break, two kids hobbled into the classroom on crutches, eager to share their harrowing stories about their ride down, Down, DOWN the BIG hill. Loads of autographs and good wishes were already penned around their casts, but the kids in Mrs. Larson’s classroom still managed to find space to add in their names, too.
I’ve never been skiing. I’ve never even touched a pair of skis. But when those kids shared their adventures on the slopes, I hung onto every one of their words, trying to get a feeling for what it is like to sail over and down snowy hills. Maybe one day…
So, if you love skiing or ever wondered what it would be like to ski, you’ll enjoy the fun-filled ride in Viviane Elbee’s debut picture book, Teach Your Giraffe To Ski.
As a special bonus, Viviane will be joining me here next Friday for an author interview! Please stop by to say hello to her.
Teach Your Giraffe To Ski
Written by- Viviane Elbee
Illustrated by – Danni Gowdy
Published by- Albert Whitman & Company – 2018
Topics – skiing, friendship, and facing fears.
Opening – Uh-oh. It’s snowing and your giraffe wants you to teach her to ski.
Synopsis from Amazon –Your giraffe wants to learn how to ski—but not on the bunny hill. She wants to go down the big scary slope! Enjoy this riotous journey as the narrator tries to reign their giraffe in—and learns something about courage along the way.
Why do I like this book? As a parent with a child who hears her friends talk about skiing and wonders what it’s like, this book serves as a perfect introduction to the sport. Viviane Elbee’s main character explains the skiing positions needed to slow down, go fast, make a turn, and more. And what better companion to learn alongside than a giraffe?
Learn more about Viviane Elbee HERE.
Learn more about Danni Gowdy HERE.
Until next Friday.