Gary the Giraffe is finally six years old, which means he is old enough to reach the leaves on the trees all by himself! Except…he tries and tries, but simply can’t reach on his own. With a little guidance from his friends, Gary learns that it’s okay to ask for help. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with more information on discussing help-seeking and independence in children.
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.
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Nyasha Chikowore is a former licensed clinical professional counselor who has conducted individual, group, and family therapy, and provided classroom and school-wide prevention activities related to mental health. She works to encourage help-seeking behavior in an effort to destigmatize all kinds of help, including mental health services. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology and plans to work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in the near future. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.