Review: Giraffes Can’t Dance

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Giraffes Can’t Dance

Author: Giles Andreae

Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees

Published in 2001 by Gardners Books

Giraffes Can’t Dance tells the story of Gerald the Giraffe who attends the Jungle Dance and admires the impressive dancing of the other animals. Gerald tries to dance as well, but the animals tell him he looks silly and that giraffes can’t dance because of their crooked knees and legs that are too long. Shortly after he becomes saddened by this news, Gerald meets a cricket who offers encouragement and convinces him that he can dance to his own beat. This book is full of vibrant illustrations that engage readers as they follow along the story of Gerald gaining perseverance, determination, and confidence.

Favorite Quote:

“We all can dance,” he said, “if we find the music that we love.”

Additional Resources:

Giraffes Can’t Dance read aloud:

Giraffes Can’t Dance activities and lesson plans:

Illustrator Guy Parker-Rees website:


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