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Elephants Cannot Dance!

(Elephant & Piggie #9)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  4,950 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.In Elephants Cannot Dance! Piggie tries to teach Gerald some new moves. But will Gerald teach Piggie something even more important?
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Hyperion Books for Children
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Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Piggie is excited to dance with her friend, Gerald, she comes to learn an important fact; elephants cannot dance. It is clearly stated on page 11 of 'All Things Elephants Can Do', a book that Gerald is quick to show. However, Piggie has a way around this and begins lessons, hoping that Gerald will be able to follow. Things do not go as planned, but not all is lost and Gerald ends up learning a thing or two about himself. Neo likes this series and was keen to read it to me. He tackled it wit ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks

Mo Willems is a name you think parallel to Dr. Seuss.

Piggy is hell bent on teaching Gerald some moves.

Artistic drawings, less-words-more-fun approach and a pigeon hidden in every book of this series makes it a compelling read!

I am going to read this to my first baby while he's still in our womb with an ultrasound microphone.

And it on goodreads from his account as read!

Sophia Triad
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Piggie wants to teach Gerald how to dance, but really (view spoiler)
Still they can have some fun.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Another wonderful Willems book that kept both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds fascinated. Not enough words to be even a reading level 1 book, Willems still has a way about him to bring the reader into his wonderful world. These books are ones my whole family loves. And a fellow friend on GR recently told me that the pigeon was hidden in each book and we now love to look for him too! Fun for all and a great addition to any children's library! ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was a child, Dr. Seuss was the name in early readers. He wasn't the only writer, nor always the best, but he was who you thought of first. Now the name is Mo Willems. His books are consistently funny, artistically appealing in their simplicity, and the pigeon kills with every appearance.

I sit here in September, typing with right hand only, because my left hand is resting, reassuringly, on Calder Alexander Eno, who is sitting in the chair pulled up next to mine. I'm doing this, because we
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, childrens
If I had read this Elephant and Piggie book to myself, I think that I'd have thought it was lackluster. Throw a five year old into the mix, and a book that I thought was lackluster takes on a certain brilliance. I don't know why this book is so funny, but my nephew just about died laughing! Piggie and Gerald had him laughing, and he had all of us laughing as we sat around the campfire. Good times! ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this to some preschool groups. So much fun.
Fourth Grade
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great book for 2-6 year old's. I think this book teaches kids that they can dance, even if
they don't think they can. This book is funny and for kids who cannot read that great because they can look at the pictures. When Gerald tries to dance, it's very funny. I liked this book, and so does my little cousin.
This caught my eye on the shelving cart just as we were closing. Since I was planning on a dance party for part of storytime, and I hadn't read this E&P book, yet (gasp!), I read through. Cute for sure. Not quite speaking "read me aloud" as some of the others. But I have yet to go wrong with E&P. So I will include them.

August 2015: I know I've read this in storytime. Almost positive movement was one of them. Can't remember if I've done preschool. But it HAS been read. I'm going to go with moveme
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very cute and funny story of friendship and how we need not all dance the same style to have fun! :-)
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
it was a great book. it was so funny when piggy said "it dosint say you cant try" ha ha ha :D. ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
It is not as fun when Gerald does the dance wrong. I want him to do the dance right.
Marjorie Cummings
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dancing, trying
You never know what you can do until you try!
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bug has really been enjoying this series.
Shawn Deal
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Elephant is trying to dance. He admittedly is not a dancer. But yet everyone can dance, maybe some better than others. And Elephant can dance, well at least, one dance.
McKenzie Richardson
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A cute Elephant and Piggie book about trying new things and finding what works for you. It's all about being an individual and also learning new ways to do something.

I love this series. Each book is entertaining, but also includes an important life lesson. And Piggie and Elephant's friendship is awe-inspiring.

As always, great illustrations and a nice story.

Also, can I just say that I love that Piggie is a girl, but doesn't always wear stereotypic
Jamie Jessup
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elephant-piggie
Gerald the elephant wants to learn to dance so bad, but he just can’t seem to get the hang of it. Good thing Piggie is there to help! I liked the overall message of this book because it teaches students that even if they can’t do something exactly like someone else, they can always find their own rhythm. Gerald the elephant was trying so hard to dance just like Piggie was teaching him, but it was not until he embraced his own style that he really became confident and learned what dancing was to ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-texts
Gerald and Piggie are best friends. Piggie tries to teach Gerald, the elephant, to dance but he cannot seem to get the hang of it. Gerald tried to dance like Piggie but then realized he should just dance how he is comfortable to dance.

I like this book because it is super cute. The drawings bring the book to life. The message to the students is powerful too: you don’t know what you can do unless you try.

This book relates to The Day the Crayons Quit.

This can be used to do writing about a time y
Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
Piggie wants to teach a reluctant Gerald how to dance. There’s only one problem-elephants can’t dance! Gerald tried his best but is eventually too frustrated to go on, until a few new friends show up with a different outlook on what dancing the “right way” means. Fun for kids who are early readers, much of the story is carried in the illustrations as well. I’d say the best part of the book are the diverse set of facial expressions and body language displayed by the characters, which could be a l ...more
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Elephant knows he can't dance. Why? Who told him? Does he learn differently?

**Talking points - what do you know you can't do? Why? Did someone tell you you can't do it? Have you tried and failed? Who said you failed? Who says we all have to do things in the same way? Who says your way of doing something wasn't wonderful? What might you enjoy doing if you knew you could do it in an atmosphere of support? You never know what you can do til you try, and try and try again.
Sierra McKinley
Piggy can dance and Elephant cannot. Piggy does her best to show Elephant how to dance. Elephant is not catching on and manages to stay one beat behind. As the story continues, Elephant learns that he doesn't have to dance just like Piggy because his own dancing is special too.
This book is a cute read and a quirky representation of friendship. Elephants Cannot Dance makes you feel like it's okay if your dancing is a little bit different than everyone else.
Age Appropriateness: K-2nd grade
Aubrey Cushman
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because of the way it is written with the word bubbles. It really shows character and helps the reader to think of each character individually. I really liked reading it to my class and was able to apply cross-disciplinary teaching with Science as we learned about the way objects move.
Emily Sefcheck
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Kdg-2nd grade
Genre: Modern Fantasy

This fun story is one of my favorites from Mo Willems. I think this story is silly and cute but maintains a sweet message: being different or doing something different doesn't mean that you have failed at what you're doing. This is a great message for our students!
Alicia Evans
Elephant and Piggie are amazing once again, this time in proving that you can always try something new and that you should always be yourself. I really enjoyed watching them with their different dancing styles and their usual humor. Lovely.

For: Elephant and Piggie fans; reader wanting a book about being oneself.

Possible red flags: shouting and flailing.
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Early Reading Book
Grades K-1

This was my first Elephant and Piggie book and I really liked it. I particularly loved Piggie. Her personality comes out on each page! She is a positive, encouraging friend. The message of the story comes through: even if you don't think you can do something, try it anyway. Who knows what good might come from trying.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Piggie loves to dance and wants to teach Gerald. Gerald tells Piggie that elephants can't dance, but that doesn't stop the duo from trying. Through all their attempts, it gets trickier and trickier and Gerald gets very frustrated.

Another clever installment to this series with a nice twist at the end.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
All of Willems' books have a nice amount of repetition for those early readers. I liked this book and the silliness of it. The message at the end is good. And, as always, illustrations are wonderful. ...more
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gift-books
This was a gift to my 6 year old autistic god daughter. She loved opening it to the end papers and "reading" it. I'm not sure what she gets out of it, other than "playing school" but I trust that her appreciation will deepen as her reading and social skills improve. ...more
Elizabeth Coleman
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Ok, I know some people will say this shouldn't bother me, but I remember mimicking everything I thought was funny as a kid. Gerald lashing out at his friend is not a healthy way to deal with anger and frustration. ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This was probably the most disappointing Elephant and Piggie story I have read, it just lacked something I feel. It just wasn't as funny as the others. There is nothing really specific and I guess it would still be good for beginning readers. I was just slightly disappointed by it. ...more
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