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Giraffes Can't Dance Paperback – 1 May 2014
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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
From the Publisher
Celebrate 20 years of Giraffes Can’t Dance, the much-loved classic picture book about being yourself that has captivated children for decades, in 2019.
In the twenty years since Giraffes Can't Dance bounded into the world, it has become a favourite with children all across the globe.
Now in a huge range of formats, this is the perfect way to introduce new fans to the series, or for fans who know and love Giraffes Can’t Dance already.
- Gold 20th Anniversary Edition
- Sturdy Board Book
- Sticker Activity Book
- Touch-and-Feel book
- Number-Rumba Counting Book
- Limited Edition Hardback Slipcase
20 years of Gerald the Giraffe...
With glorious animal-packed illustrations and a loveable main character, children are bound to fall in love with Giraffes Can't Dance.
A Book for Everyone
Now available in a huge range of vibrant and interactive formats to accompany the original picture book.
A Much-Loved Tale
The timeless classic with an empowering message of giving things a go and finding your own tune, even if it doesn't fit the crowd.
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In many ways, it’s reminiscent of the Aesop fables that fascinated me as a child, the moral of this story being that everyone is different and has their their own way of doing things. It’s great to find a book for young children that encourages them to think about diversity, tolerance and respect, even if the lesson is subliminal.
My 3 year-old grandson is well below the recommended age of 6 for this book, but he asks for ‘the silly giraffe’ time and again for his bedtime story, as he loves looking at the pictures of all the animals dancing. While much of the vocabulary is too advanced for him at the moment, he does get the basic gist of the story and listens intently when it’s read to him.
In a few years time, I hope he will read it for himself and come to understand its underlying message.
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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.
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.