Do Your Children Love Giraffes?

I wrote Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe after I met a woman whose grandson was feeling insecure. She asked me if I would write a story to help him feel better. His name was Jeffrey and this is his story. I, however, could not reach the grandmother to share it with her and her grandson. I hope this story will help other children to overcome their fears.

All Jemsbooks carry life lessons. The life lessons that children will learn are believe in yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to, help others in need and listen to your mother.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Here is the limerick I wrote for Jeffrey:


Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe

There once was a giraffe named Jeffrey.

Loud noises and sounds made him jittery.

His mother told him, “You’re strong

No matter what might go wrong.”

Now Jeffrey is no longer stressed and jittery.


Jeffrey is a nervous giraffe due to a terrible storm on the day of his birth. He remembers that day and is frightened of any kind of noise or unexpected things happening to him. His mother tells him that he is stronger than he thinks.One day Jeffrey meets another giraffe who needs his help. Read this story in rhyme and find out what important lesson Jeffrey learns when he thinks of others before himself.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 stars A self-confidence boost for kids!Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2017Format: Kindle EditionMs. Janice Spina, a prolific writer of children’s books as well as books for young adults and adults, does it again. In “Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe”, she created a lovely character, through whom she imparts a wonderful message to young kids and teaches them how to overcome self-limiting jitters and reminds them of the reward inherent in being kind to others. Lovely illustrations by John Spina. Great husband and wife teamwork

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 stars Another delightful story by Janice SpinaReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017Format: Kindle EditionJeffrey is a nervous young giraffe because he constantly remembers the day when he was born. There was a loud, scary thunderstorm that day so any noise at all made Jeffrey afraid. His mama taught him a little rhyme to repeat whenever he was scared, but it didn’t seem to help. One day something happens that changes everything for him and Jeffrey learns an important lesson. This is another delightful book by Janice Spina and children will love it. They’ll enjoy learning about Jeffrey’s problem, and especially about the valuable solution. I highly recommend this entertaining story.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-D

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Lesson Is Learned!Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018Format: Kindle EditionJeffrey is a scared little giraffe who worries too much. Afraid of his own shadow, he clings to his mother. But smart Mama taught him a little trick: a poem he could say when he was frightened. It did not help until one day, something unpredictable happened. It changed Jeffrey’s attitude and provided the solution that the little giraffe needed.

I must admit, I love Janice Spina’s books, and I am sure children love them too. In this particular book, children will learn how to solve problems and find solutions.

Through the strong narrative, the author conveys a great message to young kids, teaching them how to overcome their insecurity and self-doubts, while building self-esteem and self-confidence. It is a great reminder that there is no limit to improving yourself, and that it always pays to be kind and sensitive to the needs of others.

Children will relate to the simple illustrations done in a child-friendly manner, created by John Spina. They complement Janice’s story, which flows easily and effortlessly.

Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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6 Responses to Do Your Children Love Giraffes?

  1. A lovely idea for a book, Janice. Kids love giraffes.

  2. macjam47 says:

    My granddaughters love giraffes and our zoo allows supervised feeding of them. They always ask me to read Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe. ❤️❤️❤️

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