Giraffes Can't Dance: International No.1 Bestseller Paperback – 1 May 2014
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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)
This funny, touching and triumphant picture book about a giraffe who finds his own tune has been a much-loved family favourite for over 15 years.See all Product description
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I bought the Kindle version of this book and it has lovely bright colour pictures and tells the story of Gerald the giraffe who struggles to dance with the other animals in Africa at the annual jungle dance.
Sad and disillusioned, he ends up leaving the dance and heading home. Not long after, after looking at the moon and talking to a cricket he discovers that he actually can dance. While the cricket plays his violin, Gerald's dancing attracts all the other animals who come and watch him shuffle his hooves and somersault around. They all agree that he is the best dancer of all the animals, but this is only possible when he hears the music that he likes.
It is a sweet story and the illustrations capture the moments perfectly. It is written in a rhyming style, much like a poem.
It reminded me a bit of the story in the film “Babe” - when animals do things beyond what they’re expected to do. A lot of good lessons here. And it’s funny!!
There's plenty of opportunities to chat to young kids about problems the giraffe faces and as the story progresses hopefully they'll understand they don't have to face problems alone. There's a bit in the book about mindfulness (noticing feelings and tuning in to our senses) which is a great lesson to try to teach kids early
Good for conversations with little ones too. Great illustrations throughout.