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Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can't Dance

By: Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator)

Paperback

Published: 1st June 2000
For Ages: 5 - 6 years old
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Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ...or can they? A funny, touching and triumphant story from an award-winning creative team. 2009 sees the 10th anniversary of this bestselling picture book loved by children everywhere.

About The Author

Giles Andreae is the award-winning and bestselling author of Rumble in the Jungle, The Lion Who Wanted to Love and keep Love in Your Heart, Little One. Giles is also the creator and voice behind Purple Ronnie. He lives in London. Guy Parker-Rees' exuberant and energetic illustrations are instantly recognisable and much-loved. He was described in the Rough Guide to Children's Books as being 'One of the most exciting young artists in the children's book world.' Guy's illustrations include All Afloat on Noah's Boat and K is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo. Guy lives in Brighton.

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  • Inspirational (3)
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      5.0

      Beautiful Inspiring Tale For All Ages!

      By Livilove

      from Sydney, AU

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        Comments about Giraffes Can't Dance:

        My all time favourite story to read to my son!

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        5.0

        What an encouraging story!!

        By Loo-loo

        from Moree, Australia

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          My students loved listening to this story.

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          5.0

          Lovely message

          By 20 books a day!

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              Comments about Giraffes Can't Dance:

              My 4 year old son loves this book. It is about a giraffe who can't dance, is ridiculed by his jungle mates but then finds his groove and love for dancing. It's a great conversation starter about friendship, being supportive and not teasing and not having to be great at something to enjoy it.

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              5.0

              Such a fun book to read aloud

              By Worlds Best Nanna

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                Comments about Giraffes Can't Dance:

                A great book for toddlers to school age learing to read. The moral of the story shows anyone can be different but still be part of the group.

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                Prompt delivery, well packaged arrived in excellent condition.

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                Andreae's ode to a different drummer stumbles when it preaches about uncovering your own beat, but is ferried along by enough sweet verse and Parker-Rees's dazzling colors that it almost pulls its own weight. Gerald the giraffe's legs are too spindly for dancing; they are always buckling at the knees when it comes to the old soft-shoe. And while all the other creatures show some mean moves at the Jungle Dance ("The chimps all did a cha-cha / with a very Latin feel, / and eight baboons then teamed up / for a special Scottish reel"), poor Gerald is hooted off the dance floor before he even has a chance to crumple. As he shuffles homeward, and as he stops to admire the moon, a cricket suggests that "you just need a different song." So, to the sound of the wind in the trees, Gerald starts to move: a gentle swaying, some circling, and some swishing. Suddenly he commences to belt out Olympic-quality gymnastic moves-"Then he did a backward somersault / and leapt up in the air"-that blows the other animals away. But probably not readers, even the youngest of whom will want to know just why Gerald's legs didn't buckle this time, special music or not. Bad enough that in a story about rhythm, the verse doesn't always scan-but must Gerald strike the Travolta pose? Gerald doesn't find himself; he simply learns how to mimic. "(Picture book. 3-5)" (Kirkus Reviews)

                ISBN: 9781841215655
                ISBN-10: 1841215651
                Series: Orchard Picturebooks
                Audience: Children
                For Ages: 5 - 6 years old
                For Grades: 1
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 32
                Published: 1st June 2000
                Dimensions (cm): 28.9 x 23.8  x 0.3
                Weight (kg): 0.22