Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

giraffes cant dance

This is a great book to read together with your toddler, especially if they love animals!

This story is about Gerald the giraffe who didn’t know how to dance. As a result of that, he was rejected by the jungle animals during their annual dance. Luckily for him, a kind cricket enlightened him, and soon he became the best dancer in the forest!

For younger toddlers this book is a feast for the eyes – there are lots of beautifully drawn animals on every page. The story is divided into neat paragraphs that rhyme, and have a somewhat poetic and musical feel to it. I also use this book to play ‘spot the animal’ games with Samantha.

For older children, this book can be used to teach grit and determination, important values that children should try to cultivate.

Look out for the cricket that appears on (almost) every page!


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