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Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant & Piggie Books) Hardcover – 9 Jun 2009
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In this humorous outing, Gerald the elephant and Piggie debate whether or not "elephants can dance." Gerald, who is convinced that he cannot (he tells Piggie to look it up in the "What Elephants Can Do" book) decides to give it a go nonetheless. Results are mixed, with Gerald basically doing the opposite of each instruction. Willems's characteristically sparse cartoon images and the use of speech balloons portray the comical dilemma with clarity, making it an ideal pick for early readers. PW"
About the Author
#1 New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems started his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before changing the face of children's literature with his groundbreaking picture books. Mo has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008. He lives in Western Massachusetts
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This is a book in the Elephant and Piggie series which focuses on best friends Gerald and Piggie. In this book, Piggie is teaching her friends how to dance. When she offers to teach Gerald how to dance, he turns her down, proving from the book What Elephants Can Do (by Anne Elephant), that elephants cannot dance. (He tells Piggie to look at page 11. This bit of dialog comes on page 11.) But Piggie convinces Gerald to at least try dancing. From there we get pages of Gerald doing the exact opposite of what Piggie wants him to do. Finally, he quits in frustration. But is that the end of his dance career?
As with other books in this series, the story is told completely with dialog and pictures. The pictures are just of the characters with no background. Yet the characters provide some of the jokes in the story as we get to see Gerald doing the exact opposite of what Piggie tells him to do.
The average page in the book has one line of dialog on it. It's in a color coded speech bubble (pink for Piggie and gray for Gerald). It's always easy to tell who is saying what. The dialog is simple enough that kids just learning how to read should be able to figure most of it out. There's some repetition, but it helps tell the story.
All this comes in 57 pages, and I dare you to get through those pages without laughing once. The jokes are silly fun that kids and parents alike will love.
I also have to admire the fact that Piggie never gives up on teaching her friend to dance.Read more ›
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Fun for children to read and fun to listen to (more than once), my 5yo daughter loves all the Elephant and Piggie books and it's encouraging her to read more by herself.Published on 29 May 2011 by Amazon Customer