Teach Generosity with The Starry Giraffe

Let's face it, most kids have a hard time with sharing and being generous. My two little ones find it particularly hard to be kind and generous towards one another. As parents, it is our job to teach them the importance of these qualities and show them the way.
5 Things To Help Teach Your Children Generosity:
  1. Teach them that giving time and attention as gifts can be even more valuable than tangible things.
  2. Get excited when they give you handmade gifts. Make sure they know that you appreciate their effort, no matter the end product.
  3. Encourage your family to volunteer together and give back to the community. Show them through your own actions what it looks like to be generous.
  4. Teach them to donate clothes, toys, and other items to children in need rather than hold onto them.
  5. Introduce random acts of kindness. Show them that they can do nice things for people at any time, and not just because someone tells them to.
Starry Giraffe Recently we had the opportunity to read and review the book, The Starry Giraffe , written and illustrated by Andy Bergmann. The book was just released in June 2017.
About The Starry Giraffe
In the tradition of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, a generous giraffe gives away all of her apples to her hungry friends in this winning picture book that begs to be read aloud. Poor starry giraffe: every time she reaches for a yummy red apple from a tall tree, one of her hungry friends comes along and the generous giraffe shares the treat. Just when you think she has nothing left to eat for herself, a turn of the page shows otherwise. Starry Giraffe This book portrays and important message in a child friendly way, making it easier for kids to understand generosity. The adorable illustrations and cute animal characters enticed us to read the story over and over again. Even my youngest was able to explain that it was nice of the giraffe to share her apples with her friends instead of keeping them all for herself. I'm hoping that this story will open up discussions and set an example of how I want my children to treat others (including each other).

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28 thoughts on “Teach Generosity with The Starry Giraffe

  • June 28, 2017 at 6:07 pm
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    I love the concept. And I like giraffes.

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    • June 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm
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      It is a great way to teach them

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  • June 28, 2017 at 6:08 pm
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    As to generosity. I prefer to teach by example.

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  • June 28, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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    Teach generosity by example!!!

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    • June 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm
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      Exactly! A great way

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    • June 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm
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      Thank you, I agree!

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  • June 28, 2017 at 7:13 pm
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    My Sophia would LOVE this book

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    • June 28, 2017 at 7:57 pm
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      It is a really cute book. He did a great job writing it in a way that kids can identify

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  • June 28, 2017 at 8:50 pm
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    Great sites. Awesome giraffe !!

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    • July 4, 2017 at 4:55 am
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      Thanks, isn’t he cute

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  • June 29, 2017 at 2:53 am
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    My 20 month old grandson loves books. I know he will love this book and giraffe.

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    • July 4, 2017 at 4:55 am
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      That is a great age to start laying the seeds about generosity!

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  • June 29, 2017 at 4:33 am
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    I teach generosity by showing and telling.

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    • July 4, 2017 at 4:56 am
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      Great job!

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  • June 29, 2017 at 4:51 am
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    I have always taught my children to give what they can and share as well

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    • July 4, 2017 at 4:56 am
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      That is a good lesson to teach them

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  • June 29, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    I think kids learn by example. When it’s time to clean out old clothes and toys, my kids are right there helping because they want to help the people in need. When they were very little and I was trying to wean them from the bottle, I told them people were coming to collect all the bottles and pacifiers, and they were so sweet, collecting them all for the babies that didn’t have bottles….how adorable was that, they were just babies themselves….I love them to pieces!! 🙂

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    • July 4, 2017 at 4:57 am
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      How sweet that they are already thinking about others

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  • June 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm
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    My mom always told me…give people their flowers while they are living, they wont care when they are dead. That always stuck with me and I try to teach my kids with the same motto.

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    • July 4, 2017 at 4:57 am
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      What a great saying! I will have to remember that one

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  • June 30, 2017 at 6:22 am
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    I think modeling is a great start to teaching generosity. Then, praise your children every time you see them showing acts of generosity. Be specific and enthusiastically explain how what he/she just did was generous.

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    • July 4, 2017 at 4:56 am
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      Great ideas, praise and enthusiasm is definitely a good tip when working with little kids

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  • July 4, 2017 at 4:47 am
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    I remind my children and show them by example

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  • July 6, 2017 at 11:38 pm
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    I teach by example and then let them know how proud we are of them

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  • July 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm
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    Love this to help show my grandkids the act of giving can be the best gift!

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  • July 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm
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    It is hard to teach generosity but I try by example.

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  • July 9, 2017 at 3:34 am
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    I always make my 4 kids share their snacks when we are out

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