Perfect Picture Book Friday: TEACH YOUR GIRAFFE TO SKI Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends. The mailbox has been a flurry of awesome activity this week…lots of new picture books! And since this one is launching in just a couple of days, I wanted to share it with you. PLUS, the author, Viviane Elbee, will be stopping by tomorrow to chat on Will Write for Cookies AND she is offering a copy of her debut picture book for a giveaway!



Written by Viviane Elbee

Illustrated by Danni Gowdy

Publlished by Albert Whitman (November 1, 2018)

Ages: 3-6

Themes: Facing fears, friendship

Opening lines: “Uh-oh. It’s snowing and your giraffe wants you to teach her to ski.”


What do you do when your giraffe wants to learn how to ski—but she wants to go down the big scary slope and you are NOT a fan of skiing even on the bunny slope? As the boy tries to control his giraffe and lead her to safer spots, he learns something about courage along the way and the reader learns about ski slope etiquette and the rudiments of skiing.

Why I like this book:

  • The illustrations are absolutely adorable as humans and animals strap on skis and share the slopes.
  • Kids will love the story…so over the top hilarious, but with important underlying messages of friendship and facing fears.
  • I enjoyed the larger typeface and I think beginning readers will be encouraged to try to read this themselves.


Paper Plate Giraffe

giraffe craftPhoto courtesy:

Paper plates are one of my favorite classic craft materials. For detailed instructions:

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. And come back tomorrow when we chat with Viviane Elbee about her writing journey.

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be at a local apple orchard with my grandson. Whatever you are doing, stay safe, and remember that authors need our support. Leaving a review, on Amazon, Goodreads, or other review sites, can really give a boost to the potential success of your favorite book!




About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on October 26, 2018, in book giveaway, Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Picture Book Fridays, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. I love giraffes. And a giraffe that can ski is funny! Nice book!


  2. That giraffe is having the time of his life!!! So funny and cute.

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  3. Thanks Vivian! The perils of a first time skier should be fun. And the giraffe seems to be going for it!

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  4. I love the giraffe craft! I can’t wait to do this with my son this weekend. Simple materials most parents might already have in their home! Fun!

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  5. This book looks like so much fun–and so does the giraffe craft! I love giraffes too!

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  6. This looks very humorous! –I feel certain that giraffes shouldn’t *really* ski!

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  7. The long awaited, adorable looking book from Viviene! YAY! This has been on my “to read” list ever since I heard about it. I can’t wait to learn more in the interview tomorrow.

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  8. Looking forward to buying this book for my 1 year old grandson. He carries around his toy giraffe all day.

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  9. Kim Pfennigwerth

    This title just pulls you right in. Looking forward to reading this and your interview with Viviane!

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  10. The cover alone shows that this adorable story will be evoke a lot of giggles from little ones. What a very funny read!

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  11. Oh, my gosh! I must have unknowingly been the model for giraffe’s boy! This sounds like a fun book for winter, and I love the paper plate craft! Thanks, Viviane and Vivian!

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  12. Thank you so much everybody for your kind comments, and thank you Vivian for the lovely review! I love the giraffe craft idea… I think I’ll be using this one with the kids! 🙂

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  13. Danielle Hammelef

    This book will be so much fun to read plus the message is one for all readers. The craft idea is so clever and would make a great classroom/library reading time tie in to this book.

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  14. I have been anxious to read this wonderful book! I love giraffes and these illustrations are amazing!!


  15. I love the craft Vivian! How fun. Definitely a fun book.


  16. My grandchildren all ski. Can’t wait to read them this book!


  17. mariagianferrari

    This looks so cute, Vivian!! Love the giraffe craft–you find the best ones!


  18. Well, you had me at giraffe! And then to see my favorite animal skiing? Perfection. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one and to do the craft with my kindergartners! Thanks for another fabulous review, Vivian!


  19. It’s still on order at the SFPL, but I’ve got a hold placed for when it comes in. Can’t wait to read it!


  20. Such a sweet book. I’ll be keeping my eye out for that one.


  21. The book sounds great and that paper plate giraffe is adorable!!


  22. A giveaway book about a skiing giraffe
    Wow, look now here you’re having a laugh!
    I can’t wait to see and read
    The book about such a marvellous breed.

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  23. Such fun! A giraffe on the slopes sounds like the perfect skiing partner. Congratulations, Viviane!


  24. Yay! I’ve had this on my to-read list forever! So exciting, Viviane. Can’t wait to read your interview.


  25. What a fun craft to go with the book! Congrats to Viviane on her fun looking book!


  26. Cute book and adorable craft! Congrats!


  27. Congratulations, Viviane. Your new book hooked me with the fun title. Can’t wait to read it.


  28. Love everything about this book! Can’t wait to read it! The craft is SO adorable!


  29. The book looks adorable and love the craft ideas with it!


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