by Elizabeth Lilly
A Neal Porter Book, 2018
Geraldine moves to a new school where she is the only giraffe and is soon known as “That Giraffe Girl.” At her old school she was ‘Geraldine”, but here she is “That Giraffe Girl.” Feeling left out, she hides behind a tree, sort of. One day another girl sits in Geraldine’s tree spot. The new girl, Cassie, is defensive as everyone calls her names because she’s smart, likes math and organizes her food. Soon they start playing together, and like it. One day Geraldine drags Cassie to the lunch table and introduces her as someone who can stay in a handstand for 167 seconds. The other kids are impressed. Cassie introduces Geraldine as the Queen of England. The kids are quiet, until Geraldine gives them her most queenly royal wave, and they all laugh.
A beautifully written book that provides a role model showing the importance of being one’s self even when you move to a new school. I suspect more Geraldine books will soon turn up.