Friday, September 14, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday - Giraffes Can't Dance

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! I’m so glad to be back after the summer hiatus. I hope this post will be a help to those who love picture books and want to share them with their own children or those they teach.


Written by: Giles Andreae and Illustrated by: Guy Parker-Rees

Orchard Books 1999
Fiction for ages 3 to 8

Themes: individuality, dancing, animals

Opening and brief synopsis:
Gerald was a tall giraffe
whose neck was long and slim.
But his knees were awfully crooked
and his legs were rather thin.

It’s time for the annual Jungle Dance in Africa. Poor Gerald is sad because he can’t dance like everyone else. All the other animals laugh him off the dance floor. As Gerald walks away a friendly cricket shows Gerald that all you need to dance is the right kind of music and the willingness to try something different.

Why I like this book:
The first reason I like it is that my thoughtful husband brought it home for me as a gift from the bookstore. He picked it out all by himself! Secondly, the rhymes in this book are outstanding! I also love the theme to be yourself and listen to your own inner music.

Plenty! I found a number of videos on YouTube, just search “Giraffes Can’t Dance.” I also found two websites with lesson plans: Plan 1 and Plan 2 and a bingo style story game.

Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill. For other “Just Right” books, visit her blog.