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Book Review - Giraffes Can't Dance

Book Review - Giraffes Can't Dance



In celebration of International Dance Day on 29-Apr-2019, we are reviewing a children’s book that is a favorite of many children – Giraffes Can’t Dance written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, published by Scholastic.


Gerald the Giraffe wants to dance, but he feels he is too uncoordinated due to his long neck and skinny legs. It doesn’t help either that all the other animals make fun of him for his dance. So, when the annual Jungle Dance commences, what does Gerald do when all the animals jeer him?


What the book is about

Gerald the lanky giraffe goes to a Jungle Dance and is jeered by all the animals because Gerald just cannot dance, how much ever he tries. That is… until a wise cricket lets him in on a special secret - "We all can dance when we find music that we love".


What we loved about the book

We love the alliteration and rhythm this book has. Sample this.

“Listen to the swaying grass and listen to the trees.

To me the sweetest music is those branches in the breeze.”

Everybody is unique and never make fun of anyone just because they are different. Someone’s personal expression should never be jeered or laughed at. We all can dance when we find music that we love. Don’t believe people when they say you aren’t capable of doing something. Being a bully to someone makes them sad. These are all some of the conclusions and parallels you can draw from this book, when you read it out to children.

The illustrations make the story more engaging and fun to read with a child, especially the end, when Giraffe finds the music that he loves and learns to dance.


Publisher Recommended Age – 3+ years


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