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Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can't Dance (1999)

by Giles Andreae

Other authors: Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator)

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Gerald the giraffe looks at his friends dancing and realizes he doesn't look like them when he dances. His friends tell him that he looks weird and clumsy and Gerald starts to believe what they are saying to be true. Then he meets a friend that helps him see differently. I love how this book teaches kids that it is okay to be different and do things your own way. ( )
  iaanders19 | Feb 6, 2019 |
Giraffes Can't Dance is about finding what makes us special and accepting being different from others. Gerald the awkward giraffe was laughed at by the other animals when he showed up to the Jungle Dance. All the other animals performed eloquently and when it was Gerald's turn to dance they made fun of him. Feeling hurt, Gerald left and met a cricket who told him when you are different you need to find a different tune. Gerald closed his eyes and listened to his surroundings finding the rhythm and his dance moves. All the other animals watched in aww. ( )
  stephaniepulver | Jan 20, 2019 |
This book is a great tool to use to teach students that it is okay to be different, and everyone has their own unique talents.
  KKoos | Dec 7, 2018 |
This book tells an inspiring story about a giraffe with who wants do dance, but gets made fun of by other animals. However, a cricket tells him that he can accomplish his goals in a special way. This book promotes confidence, self-esteem, and empathy. It is a good teaching tool. ( )
  JuanCunningham | Dec 4, 2018 |
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Parker-Rees, GuyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fletcher, CorinaPaper engineersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is about a Giraffe named Gerald who is unique in the jungle world. When it was time for the jungle dance, Gerald got made fun of by the other animals because he couldn't dance. The end of the book shows how with the right song, anyone can dance. I think this book teaches children a good lesson that no matter their uniqueness, they can be anything they want to be.
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Gerald the giraffe doesn't really have delusions of grandeur. He just wants to dance. But his knees are crooked and his legs are thin, and all the other animals mock him when he approaches the dance floor at the annual Jungle Dance. "Hey, look at clumsy Gerald," they sneer. "Oh, Gerald, you're so weird." Poor Gerald slinks away as the chimps cha-cha, rhinos rock 'n' roll, and warthogs waltz. But an encouraging word from an unlikely source shows this glum giraffe that those who are different "just need a different song," and soon he is prancing and sashaying and boogying to moon music (with a cricket accompanist). In the vein of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Gerald's fickle "friends" quickly decide he's worthy of their attention again.

With this rhyming, poignant (in a cartoonish way) tale, Giles Andreae, author of Rumble in the Jungle, and numerous other picture books, shows insecure young readers that everyone can be wonderful, even those that march to the beat of a different cricket. The rhymes are somewhat awkward, but the bold, bright watercolors by Guy Parker-Rees will invite readers to kick up their heels and find their own internal harmony. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter

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Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.

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