” Giraffes Can’t Dance”

“Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Gilles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees  is one of my favorite children’s books. This book is about a giraffe called Gerald who used to dread the annual Jungle Dance because he could not dance. All the other animals danced really well and would make fun of his clumsy long legs. One day he crept from the dance floor and walked away feeling sad and dejected. He met a cricket who had seen him earlier, who told him that “sometimes when you are different you just need a different song.” The cricket advised him to listen to the sounds of nature, the swaying grass,branches in the breeze and to imagine that the moon was playing the music for him.

The cricket started playing his violin and Gerald listened to his music and started dancing beautifully to the amazement of the other animals. I love this book because it reminds me of the quote ” If a child can’t learn the way we teach, then we must teach the way they learn” – Unknown.


5 thoughts on “” Giraffes Can’t Dance”

  1. This is a great story, have you read the other? How old are the children that you feel understand and enjoy this story? Do you do additional activities that support the goals from the book with the children?


    • Laura, the fours and fives enjoy this story. I usually explain the moral and use examples of children that sometimes do not enjoy group activities but enjoy working on their own and get the same result.


  2. Barbara Smith says:

    I also really like this book for young children. Your quote at the end of your post about changing how we teach really speaks to me and why I do what I do. We need more early childhood professionals to realize that sometimes we need to change what we do and how we do it to reach all of our children. Thank you for sharing this book and quote.


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