Giraffes Can’t Dance
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Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is after all able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.
With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.
Gerald the giraffe doesn’t in point of fact have delusions of grandeur. He just wants to dance. But his knees are crooked and his legs are thin, and all of the other animals mock him when he approaches the dance floor at the once a year Jungle Dance. “Hey, look at clumsy Gerald,” they sneer. “Oh, Gerald, you’re so weird.” Poor Gerald slinks away as the chimps cha-cha, rhinos rock ‘n’ roll, and warthogs waltz. But an encouraging word from an unlikely source shows this glum giraffe that those people who are different “just need a different song,” and soon he is prancing and sashaying and boogying to moon music (with a cricket accompanist). In the vein of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Gerald’s fickle “friends” quickly come to a decision he’s worthy of their attention again.
With this rhyming, poignant (in a cartoonish way) tale, Giles Andreae, creator of Rumble in the Jungle, and a large number of other picture books, shows insecure young readers that everyone can also be wonderful, even those that march to the beat of a different cricket. The rhymes are relatively awkward, but the bold, bright watercolors by Guy Parker-Rees will invite readers to kick up their heels and find their own internal harmony. (Ages 3 to 6) –Emilie Coulter
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