Giraffe Asks for Help

Nyasha M Chikowore (Author) Janet McDonnell (Illustrator)


Gary Giraffe is so excited to finally turn six--now he should be able to reach the acacia leaves all on his own! When things don't go exactly as he'd planned, Gary is distraught. He tries and tries to get to the leaves himself, but he's just not tall enough. The other giraffes can do it--why can't he?

Gary doesn't want to have to ask for help, but his friends convince him that everyone needs help sometimes. And that's OK! Includes a Note to Parents & Caregivers with more information on help-seeking and independence in children.

Product Details

Magination Press
Publish Date
April 02, 2019
8.1 X 0.4 X 10.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Nyasha Chikowore was a licensed clinical professional counselor who provided classroom and school-wide prevention activities related to mental health, with an emphasis on destigmatizing asking for any type of help. She is currently working on her doctorate in clinical psychology. Nyasha lives in Maryland.

Janet McDonnell is an illustrator, whose work combines traditional media and digital magic, an author who has written, books, games, and magazines, and a teacher of kids from pre to high school. She is an illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and on the advisory board of Play for Peace. Janet lives near Chicago, Illinois. Visit


"Gary Giraffe learns to ask for help even when he feels the task is something he should be able to do alone...explains how important it is that children acquire the skill of asking for help and how parents can help accomplish this." --Kirkus Reviews

"This book is highly accessible, entertaining and teachable (complete with a guide at the end for parents/caregivers to unpack the lessons of the story). Giraffe Asks For Help would make a wonderful addition to any child's or parent's bookshelf." --BookTrib

"This picture book emphasizes asking for help from a friend or family member. It also has the themes of perseverance, problem solving, friendship and teamwork. I highly recommend this book for elementary school and public libraries." --Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center