“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.