Giraffes Can't Dance Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Oct 2008
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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 the Hardcover edition.
An inspiration. (Church Times)
A wonderful, light-hearted story. (Bournemouth Daily Echo)
A hit with young children since it was first published 10 years ago (Daily Express)
A can-do story with lively pictures and an immensely pleasing text. (Times Educational Supplement)
Brilliant use of colour, a continual sense of movement and high good humour all help to make this picture book richly enjoyable. (Carousel)
A gloriously colourful and lively book with a strong message. (Sunderland Echo)
Superb...a wonderfully funny book. (The Independent)
Extraordinary and exuberant...a terrific tale and a positive message about celebrating difference. (Bournemouth Echo)
This rhyming poem is excellent. (The Bookseller)
Managed to capture the hearts of countless children. A modern classic. (Baby & Me)
A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp (The Daily Telegraph)
A lovely rhyming picture book about understanding differences (motherandbaby.co.uk)
Lovely (Lytham St Annes Express)
This is a lovely story that incorporates several dance forms including waltz, tango, Scottish reel amd rock n roll. I have also used the story to introduce infant classes to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and had them playing along with it (SAME Magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Brilliantly illustrated throughout in vibrant 'jungle' colours, by Guy Parker-Rees.
Attractive paperback covers opens to 32 high quality shiny pages, in 2-page spread format.
The text is clear and easy-to-follow, and enhanced at the turning point of this story, FOR EFFECT!
Great for narrating - the flowing rhyming text is easy to encourage the important 'all-join-in', and being a larger paperback, measuring in around 23.75 cm x 29.25 cm, it is clearly visible from the 'back of the pack', as we call it in our little reading corner!
The rhyme begins with a description of Gerald the Giraffe and what he is at good at, i.e. standing tall and munching lofty shoots. However those long legs are not the best for chasing after butterflies...or dancing at the 'Jungle Annual'!
The atmospheric illustrations are packed with finer detail promoting extra 'look and see' games, counting, name the different sorts of animals, the various dances...and the facial expressions are key - so typically human - from the sadness/happiness of dawning realisation, the determined preoccupation of the 'dancers' and the hilarity of most!
Gerald is really sad because he can't dance:
* he can't waltz, he can't rock 'n' roll, he can't tango, he can't cha-cha.....and he certainly can't Scottish reel!
But he goes onto the dance floor, anyway - and off again!
He starts to walk home all alone...but...Read more ›
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!'
The giraffe never says that he would ever like to, or would love to dance. He simply goes along to a jungle dance and is mocked and taunted by everyone there. So he leaves, saddened, but with the help of a cricket learns how to dance, and then gains praise from those who made fun of him. This doesn't express a sentiment of individuality, or a celebration of being different. And so what if he can't dance, or is a little clumsy, he may have other talents that make him special and unique. Why try to impress those who mock you?
In the end I feel sad that the giraffe was taunted into proving himself to selfish, thoughtless animals who didn't care that they were hurting his feelings.
But like I said, my 2yr old enjoys it, and his opinion is what matters here!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a lovely story and one of our favourites with a great flavour of 'not to give up'. A true classic. My 2 yr old loves itPublished 1 day ago by bells
Lovely book for child with references to dance (tango, salsa, etc) in rhyme.Published 4 days ago by historygirl
I love love love this book and my children adore it. My son, who is autistic and has other disabilities, was given it around the time we were waiting (endlessly) for his diagnosis... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Elsa Schiaparelli
I have a great love of giraffes for some strange reason so this was brilliant!Published 15 days ago by Flowerpotman
Lovely book with a sweet ending and just the right length for my 18 month old.Published 23 days ago by Jenniy2k_uk
This book is read most nights in our house. A lovely story and one that mum and dad don't get bored of :). My 8 month old loves the pictures and the moral of the story is lovely. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer