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Giraffes Can't Dance [Paperback]

Giles Andreae , Guy Parker-Rees
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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Book Description

12 July 2001
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.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (12 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841215651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841215655
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.3 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Giles Andreae is the award-winning and bestselling author of Rumble in the Jungle, Giraffes Can't Dance and The Lion Who Wanted to Love. Giles is also the creator and voice behind Purple Ronnie. He lives in London.

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Gerald was a tall giraffe Whose neck was long and slim, But his knees were awfully bandy And his legs were rather thin...
Every year Gerald dreads the great Jungle Dance, and feels ashamed that he cannot tango and two-step with the rest of the jungle animals. But then one day he realises that it doesn't matter that he is different from everyone else--its just that he needs a different tune to dance to.

A lovely story, wittily illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees and told in rhyme by the award-winning author Giles Andreae, it has a stealth and humour that makes it perfect for reading aloud. Giraffes Can't Dance is a nifty little 1story that children and adults will love to read time and time again. (Ages 3 to 5 years) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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a joyful read about an outsider who finds acceptance on his own terms.... there's also a simple moral about tolerance and daring to be different. (Junior)

This delightful picture book is written in lively rhyming text with vivacious illustrations. (Junior)

A rhyming story with superb illustrations... wonderfully funny. (Independent)

Witty match of rollicking rhyme and bold colour. (Guardian)

A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp of a picture book. All toddlers should grow up reading this or hearing their parents read it aloud to them. (Daily Telegraph)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me cry.... 20 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after reading so many good reviews on this site. I couldn't even get through it without crying!!! That may have been an over-reaction but it really is a wonderful story and the illustrations are beautiful. Definitely my favourite book in my daughter's collection (and let's face it, it's just as important for the parents to love the kid's books as they're the ones reading them out loud every day of their lives!).
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't judge a book by it's cover????" 15 Mar 2003
Format:Hardcover
Another wonderful book from Giles Andreae. The other animals laugh at Gerald the Girafe because gangly "Girafes can't Dance" but Gerald learns from an unusual source that he can dance wonderfully when he can hear his own music. A real treaure that teaches children and adults alike that appearances can be deceptive and we must look past the cover. Look past this books cover and you find yourself on a magical road to self awareness. A great tool for discussing all forms of prejudice or just a wonderfully funny book. Read and enjoy whilst reader and child learn a valuable lesson for life.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 9 Dec 2001
Format:Paperback
Giraffes can't dance is simply a wonderful book that teaches children that not everyone is the same, and that everyone has hidden talents. A humorous and well illustrated work. Highly recomended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
For me and my child, this book was a treasure. The story of a giraffe who can't dance until he hears his "own" music, this is a great way to teach your child about differences in people, and animals.

The illustrations alone are worth the price, and the words catch the children's ears at once. We all dance to a different drummer and that is basically this book's message.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two left feet? 28 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I've just purchased a "big book" edition of this to use with reception class. It's a great, light-hearted story about a bandy-legged giraffe with two left feet who turns out to be a brilliant boogier, with the right kind of music, and a little help from a cricket of course! The kids will love this one- its got bold colourful illustrations and plenty of humour to boot. What's more there's a nice message in amongst the rhyming narrative- that we're all different and even if we find we cannot do something- if we try again and look for new ways then anything is possible!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giraffes Can't Dance 29 Jun 2002
Format:Paperback
A brilliant book, with fantastic illustrations. The verse moves with pace and read aloud to children immediately catches their imagination. The jungle animals are shown dancing but poor Gerald the giraffe feels very clumsy until he meets a friendly cricket. A tale with a moral, we may all be different but 'Sometimes all we need is a different song to dance to'. The audio tape is equally briliant. Not only do you have the verse read by Hugh Laurie but the music to accomapany each dance. An excellent introduction to different kinds of music, so rare these days.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
My daughter has enjoyed this brilliant book since the age of two, now aged four she 'reads' the rhymes to all of her dolls on a weekly basis enjoying every minute.
This book captures the imaginations of all children through rhyme and fun, whilst delivering the important message that even though we may all be different, we all are able to achieve our dreams when we find our ' music that we love!'
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and even moving in places! 30 Aug 2001
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Gerald is a giraffe and an outcast until one day he lets go of his inhibitions. The illustrations and alliteration make this a favourite for both me, aged 31 and my nephew Billy, aged four and a bit. Its written by the bloke who does Purple Ronnie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Very well written and a great story. I searched out the other books by this author after reading this. Ace.
Published 13 days ago by F. Pickering
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book - great story, colourful and entertaining.
What a wonderful book, I bought this to read with my young nephew and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The illustrations are a delight and the rhymes are entertaining. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Aunt Allie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Nice book cleverly written about being able to to anything you want even if you're different, vital lesson in life I think!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giraffes can't dance
Description of condition was spot on, item received the next day, very satisfied customer. Book full of wonderful illustrations, grand-daughter will love it :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars god book
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Our two year old loves the original story so this was a great little extra to put in her stocking. Magnetic books are far more successful in our house than sticker books as they... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story.
I love this book, as does my almost 2 year old. The pages have beautiful illustrations and the story is lovely.
Published 2 months ago by E. Sadler
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
As a giraffe loving person this book is both funny and very well illustrated .. My nursery children at work love it especially the cd
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off
Bought this as a replacement for a lost Gerald toy, not happy as I have not received what is shown in the picture!!! If the correct image was shown I would not have bought! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous fun!
A beautiful story with lively illustrations and funny rhymes. My daughter loves it!! I would recommend this book without hesitation!
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