Title: Giraffes Can’t Dance
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
Type: PaperBack/ Hardcover/Board book
For ages: 0-6 years
This book was my 4.5 year old daughter Kaavya’s latest pick from her mini library. This story is about a giraffe called Gerald who can’t dance. Gerald gets teased by the other animals because he can’t dance.
His legs were too skinny and his neck too long. Gerald was not able to walk or run properly because of poor body balance.
Gerald was mocked by other animals at the ‘Jungle Dance’. He was heartbroken and lonely, whereas all the other animals were busy dancing on their beats.
Suddenly while walking through the woods and gazing at the moon, he met a humble cricket.
The cricket told Gerald to listen to the sounds around him (sound of the breeze, leaves, trees, etc) and focus on listening to his own body. After that Gerald was able to follow his heart and dance on his own music. It was so magical, all the animals gathered and were amazed. Gerald was the best dancer for them now.
It’s okay to be different, just follow your heart and make your own path in life.
The rhyming lines make the book interesting. Lovely pictures make it very appealing for kids.
According to Kaavya,
We should always focus and never give up. We should keep on trying until we achieve our goal – sooner or later that doesn’t matter.
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