Here are some things that happened this weekend: I’ve written 2.5 assignments, I climbed a tree, we had an election, I got stung by a bee, I made almond butter and almost lost the will to live, and I read a really neat book by Lauren St. John, the first in her Animal Healer series.
Last year I read a lot of children’s books, this year not so much. I thought this was odd – something to do with a disconnect with my job, or maybe I was just enjoying reading other types of books. Turns out that I just didn’t try hard enough to find a good book!
The White Giraffe is about exactly that – a rare, mystical and rather delightful white giraffe who gets up to some interesting – and heart-stopping – adventures with a girl called Martine. Having fled tragedy in England, Martine has arrived in the very foreign world of South Africa, with a weird collection of people, and animals, she’s never met before. The story is about how Martine finds a home and the giraffe finds a friend. It’s a nice story, and just the right amount of heartwarming. It’s also a little bit magical and packed full of rather crazy adventures. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Funnily enough, I didn’t realise this was part of series. I got lucky that it was the first book! It works well as a standalone (it’s a complete story) but I recommend reading this before the others as its a first introduction to Martine with some important history.
I think there is a good amount of “stuff” in here for kids of about 9 and up. The vocabulary is quite rich and there will be just enough new words to pique their interest. There are also lots of interesting facts about animals and some facts about South Africa (with mentions of concepts such as slavery).
I look forward to reading the next book, Dolphin Song.