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Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
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May 03, 2012

it was amazing

This is a terrific book about a Giraffe called Gerald who has two left feet. His long neck and bandy legs mean that each year he dreads the jungle dance where he feels he can't join in with the other animals who tango and rock 'n' roll. With the help of a tiny cricket, Gerald soon realises that he can dance too; he just needs a different song. The cricket encourages Gerald to listen to the different sounds of the jungle and Gerald is soon dancing his own dance, much to the wonder and amazement of the other animals. Suddenly Gerald is the best dancer they have ever seen! This is a lovely book and is a perfect example of how difference should be celebrated and how everyone should be included. The rhyming is really clever and catchy and the illustrations are colourful and fun. A great one for EYFS and key stage 1 children which can spark off a range of activities and discussions surrounding the celebration of uniqueness and the effects of a positive 'can do' attitude.
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