Character's with Compassion

Valentine’s Day may be behind us, but we feel it’s important to show and celebrate love every day vs. just one day! Our characters, Gerome the Giraffe and Tajo the Tarantula, are perfect examples of what it means to show compassion for others and how our differences can bring us together. It’s important for children and students to understand that even the smallest act of love and kindness can forge the biggest transformations in our lives and the lives of others. For Gerome, it was his courage and kindness that changed his life to bring him his best friend, Tajo!

Fun Giraffe Fact:

The word “giraffe” comes from an African word that means “fast walker.”

Make An Amazing Me Poster!

Of course, self-love is important too. In our “Go Beyond” section of Gerome Sticks His Neck Out, practice self-love by doing our “Amazing Me Poster” activity below! For this project, you will need:

  • Posterboard or construction paper

  • Scissors

  • Magazines and newspapers

  • Glue

  • Crayons


  1. Write “AMAZING ME” on the poster board or paper.

  2. Look through magazines and newspapers for words that describe you or pictures that represent those words. Cut them out and glue them onto your poster.

  3. You can also draw your own pictures that represent why you are special!
  4. Hang your poster where you can see it to increase your confidence.

Gerome Sticks His Neck Out isn’t our only story that has activities for you to do with your students and children. You can shop our entire collection of stories complete with “Go Beyond" section activities that emphasize our #BaxtersValues at our website.

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