Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae (Board Book)
Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango. "Giraffes can't dance," they all jeer when it's Gerald's turn to prance. But with some sound advice from a wise cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.
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Reading Level: 4+
"Giraffes are one of my favorite animals so when I saw the cover of this one, I knew I wanted to read it. The message in Giraffes Can't Dance is that you shouldn't listen to others when they tell you that you can't do something. You should find your own way of accomplishing it. Gerald the giraffe learns that "we can all dance when we find music that we love."
The best part of this one for me, though, is the illustrations. If you've ever wanted to see warthogs waltzing, rhinos rock 'n' rolling, lions dancing the tango, and chimps doing a cha-cha, then this is the book for you. But my top favorite are the illustrations of Gerald dancing - doing a backward somersault while leaping in the air and at one point even striking a pose that looks suspiciously similar to a John Travolta move. :) You don't want to miss seeing a giraffe do that! "
"What a fantastic book! It was the title of the book which first captured my attention and I decided I wanted to read it. The book uses a lot of colourful illustrations throughout which will be sure to capture every child’s attention/imagination. The moral of the story is that we should not judge anyone on face value and I think this would be a useful book to introduce to children as young as 4 years old especially if any pupils in your class are experiencing bullying/prejudices.
The story uses narrative rhyming and focuses on a giraffe called Gerald who wants to join in the jungle dance but is told by all the other animals that he can’t dance. Encouragement comes from a cricket who tells Gerald to listen to his own music and realise that he can dance to a different beat to the other animals. "
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