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Giraffes Can't Dance (Picture Books)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2001
This is the favourite book of our 2 year old daughter, we all love the illustrations;it has just the right amount of meaning-full but fun words on every page - a must for any house with young children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2009
Yes, there is a great moral message, as described in other posts. But essentially this story is funny, beautifully written with a great rhythm and rhymes. Wonderful drawings do - Gerald strutting his stuff by the end is great - a little homage to Saturday Night Fever thrown in there too.

I recommend the board book too (as opposed to paperback) for most young children - they just last a bit longer, and are easier for little fingers to turn the pages.

Someone else bought this for my daughter a few years ago, and I have bought half a dozen copies since as presents for their classmates birthday parties.
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on 25 July 2013
Giraffes Can't Dance is a great little rhyming book about Gerald, a clumsy Giraffe, who seems to be the only one in the jungle who can't dance. Every year in Africa, the animals hold a jungle dance. This year, whenever that is, Gerald arrives at the event and the others immediately start laughing at him, knowing of his ineptitude in this field. Feeling "so sad and so alone", he starts to walk home. On his way he meets a cricket, who helps him to understand that he can dance if only he listens to the right music. Thus, Gerald's ability to dance improves beyond measure. His fickle friends, upon seeing him spiralling across the jungle floor with his new-found agility, cannot believe their eyes, and suddenly Gerald is the 'beau' of the ball.
I absolutely loved this book, as did the youngest member of the family, aged two. The rhyming is superb:
"The warthogs started waltzing
And the rhinos rock `n' rolled
The lions danced a tango
Which was elegant and bold." Priceless!
The illustrations are detailed, vibrant and great fun; and will undoubtedly hold the attention of those too young to read to themselves. In fact, it's the ideal read aloud book anyway; being just the right length. And then there is the nice little touch of having a cricket to find on every page; which provides a certain amount of entertainment in itself. This book shows what it feels like to be different and how, by learning that we only need to "find the right music" to encourage us, things can change - a great message.
Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Got this after I was looking for a book for my daughter. I did not want to get her the usual TV annuals or stupid book, and after reading the other reviews, decided on this book as Amazon are selling it at a great low price.

What a fantastic reading book for the children. The moral of the story is that everyone is different and we all have a different talent. The great reading and the brilliant illustrations make this a book for any great collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Giles Andreae is the respectable side of Purple Ronnie, so it is no surprise that this poetry is an instant hit with pre-schoolers. My daughter already has Commotion in Ocean and Rumble in the Jungle (our copies came with a Hugh Laurie CD), so this is another sure fire winner. The illustrations are lush and warm, the story is one of triumph of self-doubt, and it is neither too long nor too short.

A welcome addition to the story shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2011
When putting my child to bed , I sooo hope this is the book she is gonna choose to be read aloud , of all the books she's got. I just love the story ( yes , it makes me cry sometimes ) and I love to see how she interracts with the book . She plays the part of the animals who laugh and right after she makes a sad face , being sad for the Giraffe. It is a sensitive , fun and beautiful story , for both adults and children to love !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2013
Teaches my toddler a great variety of words, the story is motivational and beautiful. The majority of the illustrations are kind of busy, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
Bought this as a christmas present for a two year old boy to encourage his interest in books. He loves it! it is one of few books that he sits still and listens to throughout. Full of interesting and colourful eye catching pictures that encourage discussion. It reads easily and the words flow well which helps catch the childs attention. Would recommend to any parent/child who enjoys story time!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2010
Who hasn't secretly laughes at giraffes they do seem such strange creatures and this book builds on that notion - the child(ren) you read this with will feel comfortable firstly laughing at the giraffe, and then with it as it starts to learn about itself. A fun read, but also a good basis on which to talk with small children about individuality and how it is alright to be different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2010
I already knew this story before purchasing this for my two year old nephew as part of his Christmas present.

I discovered this emotional story about Gerald the Giraffe when my now 12 year old son was about the same age. It was a firm favourite at bedtime for months and months! He still remembers the story and was delighted to read it to his cousin on Christmas Day.
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