JOEY'S BIG BLUE SKY
by Michele M.Prestininzi
Read along or listen to Joey's Big Blue Sky.
Joey the giraffe bounced out of bed, touched his
toes, and swiveled his neck.
He was ready and had a plan. His mommy’s birthday was
almost here and he was determined to get her something
special. She always said she loved him as much as the
big blue sky. So… he knew that (or at least a piece of
that) would be the perfect present. His only problem was
he couldn’t quite reach it. So today he was going to
make himself bigger.
If I stretched my neck a little longer… I bet I
could reach the sky.
Joey looped his neck around the tallest branch he could
find, then lifted all four legs off the ground at the
exact same time.
“S-t-r-e-t-c-h… S-t-r-e-t-c-h,” he grunted.
But the only thing he got was a sore neck.
Maybe I should try my legs.
Joey sat down on a large rock. Using his two front legs,
he grabbed a back leg and PULLED with all his might.
He pulled so hard he lost his balance and tumbled right
off the rock, landing flat on his back.
“OWWW!” he cried.
Joey tried again. This time he tugged on the other leg.
But he yanked so hard he flew off the rock landing right
on his rump.
“OUCH, MY BUM!”
Joey shook it off. Looking around, he noticed some
trees almost touched the big blue sky. If I climb the
tallest one, I could reach it. Monkeys do it all the
time, how hard could it be?
Using his two front legs he hugged the tallest tree he
could see. On the count of three, he jumped and wrapped
his back legs around the base of the tree and climbed up.
But…. instead of climbing up, he quickly slid down.
THUMP, THUMP, THUMP.
Sore and achy, but still determined Joey searched
for a new plan.
“Birds!” he yelled, watching a flock soar through the
If I could fly, I would definitely touch the sky.
The more he thought about it, the better it sounded.
Joey climbed up a steep hill and found a ledge to jump
Backing up to get maximum speed, he ran cheetah fast,
right off the ledge…
For a brief moment, he felt the wind beneath his legs.
Until… SPLAT! He fell flat on the ground.
Joey limped home. Every part of his body hurt and he
still didn’t have a present.
Worried, his mommy nuzzled his head. She questioned
him with her big brown eyes. She had never seen little
Joey so sad. But Joey just shook his head and went right
The next morning, he bounced out of bed with a new
plan. He gathered his art supplies and colored a paper
blue. In the middle of the picture he drew a red heart.
Smack in the center, he wrote in his very best writing:
I love you as much as the big blue sky.
It was the best present she ever got.
**Image courtesy Knick Flanigan.