Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Rating 4 out of 5
Reading level: Ages 4 and up 
    Hardcover: 32 pages 
    Publisher: Orchard (September 1, 2001) 
    Language: English 
    ISBN-10: 0439287197
    ISBN-13: 978-0439287197 
    Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches

"Gerald was a tall giraffe
Whose neck was long and slim,
But his knees were awfully bandy
And his legs were rather thin"

So begins the tale of Gerald the Giraffe who cant dance. Every year he dreaded the annual jungle dance as he could not participate with out being made a fool and be humiliated. But this year it is different, this year there is a full moon and a little cricket who teaches Gerald sometimes you just need a different tune to dance too.

This is a wonderful book to read aloud to children. It has an easy flow and rhythm, with rhyming words. You can have use silly voice to narrate the different characters which adds some fun.

The illustrations are bright and colourful. They convey the feeling and action of the story on each page. There is also a cricket hiding on each page!

The book finishes with a great "moral of the story" type ending. This one being about be happy with who you are, there is nothing wrong with being different, and sometimes you need to do things differently to achieve the same results.

This book will quickly become your child's favourite. It is one of our favourites to read.

A video of someone reading the book. For anyone who wants an idea of what to expect with the book.

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