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Giraffes Can't Dance

Giraffes Can't Dance

Écrit par Giles Andreae

Raconté par Billy Dee Williams


Giraffes Can't Dance

Écrit par Giles Andreae

Raconté par Billy Dee Williams

évaluations:
4/5 (32 évaluations)
Longueur:
13 minutes
Sortie:
Jan 1, 2006
ISBN:
9780545555074
Format:
Livre audio

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Gerald the giraffe longs to dance like everyone else, but his legs are too skinny, and he just can't seem to get it right. At the Jungle Dance, all the other animals make fun of him, and he almost believes he is a failure, until one friend's encouragement shows him how his uniqueness can make him the best dancer of all.
Sortie:
Jan 1, 2006
ISBN:
9780545555074
Format:
Livre audio


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  • (2/5)
    Not one of my favorites. All the other animals are jerks - why? And why do they get forgiven? Sure, Gerald learns to dance, but that doesn't really solve the problem of EVERYONE BUT THAT ONE CRICKET BEING A HORRIBLE PERSON. And we never see books set in "Europe" or "North America" so why is "Africa" treated as one single location?The art is fine and my kid likes looking at the illustrations and I like that there are aardvarks. So there's that.
  • (5/5)
    My son and I listened to this book through Epic and we both absolutely love it. Now we want a copy! Its a nice book about individuality.
  • (4/5)
    Gerald the giraffe just wants to dance, even if his crooked legs and backwards knees make the others call him clumsy. Making an unlikely friend, he realizes that he may just "need a different song" and soon he was dancing the night away. This is a great book for children to understand that everyone can do and be what they want to be, even if they aren't "built" for it.
  • (3/5)
    A story about a giraffe that has a hard time believing in herself. she really wants to dance but she thinks she's not good at it. so she starts practicing and then finally one day she is able to dance just like the others.Ages 3-6Pierce College Library
  • (4/5)
    Great book for children who think they aren't good, This book allows one to have a better self-esteem, and allows people to believe in them self. It easy to read and one is able to understand the context very well.
  • (4/5)
    Fun story of Gerald the Giraffe who wants so much to dance, but just can't find the beat. Great positive messages of being true to yourself and finding your own talents. Illustrations are great, text is rhythmic and includes some great vocabulary words to expose kids to. This would be great for a preschool storytime.
  • (5/5)
    Adorable book--discusses different types of dances and celebrates the fact that everyone can dance :).
  • (4/5)
    Children really like this book because it is very imaginative and silly. They could also relate it to a time of when they tried to do something but couldnt do it at first with out the help of some encouragement. This book should be aligned with identifying themes in stories.
  • (4/5)
    This book teaches to just be who they are. The giraffes is unable to dance and then he finds his own beat to the drum and he is is applauded for his dancing skills.
  • (3/5)
    Gerald the giraffe overcomes the misconception - held by both his animal peers and by himself - that he it too awkward to dance in this sweet picture-book from British author/illustrator team Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. With an entertaining narrative whose rollicking rhymes - "Gerald was a tall giraffe / whose neck was long and slim. / But his knees were awfully crooked / and his legs were rather thin" - are sure to entertain, Andreae follows Gerald as he learns, with the help of a little cricket, that he just needs the right music in order to let loose and dance.I liked the message here, that everyone needs to dance to their own drummer, that musical inspiration can be found all around us - in Gerald's case, in the form of the beautiful moon - and that we should have the confidence to just be ourselves. I also liked the text itself, which, with its fun rhyming scheme, makes for an engaging read-aloud selection. The pen, ink and watercolor illustrations are just adorable, with vivid colors and expressive animals figures and faces. All in all, a charming little book, one I would recommend to any young child who has felt self conscious, or worried that they don't have the "right" body type to dance.
  • (5/5)
    Gerald is a giraffe who can't dance until he listens to his heart and hears the music in the wind and trees. Yes, the moral is pretty heavy-handed. But it's still a really delightful book to read out loud, with a good rhythem and meter (one clumsy line always catches me). But the illustrations of the various animals dancing is what totally makes it worthwhile -- from waltzing warthogs to disco giraffe, they are just priceless. My 3 year old has loved this book for over a year now, and I don't hate it yet either. High parental praise!
  • (3/5)
    This story shows us that anyone can achieve their dreams, and should not listen to the judgements of others. I was engaged because I could relate to the giraffe in the sense where I have been in the predicament where I didn't think I could do something, and everyone else told me I couldn't do it, but I tried and it worked! Recommended to 2nd grade and up.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful book about finding your own music or beat to dance to. Many times we feel like that out of sync Giraffe, but Gerald finds out that he just has to find the music he can dance to so he can really shine.
  • (5/5)
    The theme of this book is about self-esteem. It is a great book for children to read because building up a child's self esteem is very important for them to grow into healthy adults. The children who read this book may find it relatable and will make them feel happy in the end.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of my favorite "new" childrens' books! The illustrations are bright, interesting, and engaging. Even better, the story is so inspiring for adults and children alike. "Anyone can dance if they just find their own song." A book I would readily gift to any child. This is a great book and I will defiantly read it to my students because I think they will throughly enjoy this book..
  • (4/5)
    This is a charming story about a giraffe struggling to be himself and feel comfortable with it. This story has a great moral of being yourself and celebrating who you are once you find yourself. The giraffe at first embarrassed by his awkwardness, finds that he can dance and enjoy himself when "dancing to his own rhythm. Seems like a great story for prek-5.
  • (5/5)
    At the Jungle Dance, all the animals make fun of Gerald the Giraffe and tell him he can't dance. A violin-playing cricket encourages Gerald to listen to "a different song" and Gerald "finds the music that he loves." He then dances gracefully and the animals acknowledge that "Gerald is the best dancer that we've ever, ever seen!" Kids will love the rhythmic rhymes in this book which will teach them the sounds of letters and words.
  • (5/5)
    Grif loves this book...he is taking ballet right now so wanted him to read some books about dancing. love love loved it!!! he asked for it again and again and talks about Gerald the Giraffe.
  • (5/5)
    This is a great book about a giraffe who feels out of place because he can't dance. All the other animals also make fun of Gerald because he is always so clumsy and tripping over. This book is great in the way that it touches on the issue of being yourself and not worrying about what other people think in a way that kids can 'get'. It is a fun book to read with wonderful language throughout! 10 out of 10!!!
  • (5/5)
    Gerald the giraffe feels that he cannot dance because of his long legs and neck. After been ridiculed by the lion at the yearly dance, he leaves the dance. He meets a cricket and learns from him that everyone can dance as long as they find the music that they love. He finds his music and shows to the animals that he can dance.
  • (4/5)
    A very cute book about finding your own way of doing things. The poetry isn't perfect but is still makes for a great read aloud if you add some expressive pauses or words to the parts where the rhythm breaks a little.This Scholastic edition has as puffed cover and stiff pages that are sturdier than paper but not as thick as a standard board book. The illustrations are active and expressive and a variety of dances are shown and are (more or less) recognizable.For the observant reader, the grasshopper that has been "watching" Gerald the Giraffe does appear in each previous page.
  • (2/5)
    Sweet enough, and the baboons doing the Scottish reel were delightful. I really didn't like how the animals sneered" and called Gerald "weird" when he wanted to dance, though. And I find implausible that an animal who couldn't even "run around" without falling down could dance spectacularly, just because cricket taught him a new tune. Heck, I don't even like the implication that ungainly = clumsy - giraffes irl don't fall down, even though they look awkward. I've seen the theme expressed more effectively elsewhere. It's not a bad book, but I just can't bring myself to give it 3 stars. According to GR, 2 stars means "It was ok" and that's what I'm going with."
  • (3/5)
    Cute story, cute illustrations. Your average story of a young giraffe who feels like an outcast because he can't dance like the rest of the animals, then discovers that he just couldn't dance because he needed his own kind of music. Can't have too many of those.
  • (4/5)
    Giraffes Can't Dance is a story about a giraffe who is very clumsy. He embarrasses himself at a dance in front of all of the other animals. He thinks about giving up, but a cricket tells him that he is not bad at dancing, he just needs to dance to a different song. He then becomes a great dancer and an inspiration to all the other animals. This story teaches it's readers not to give up. If someone is struggling it may be because they are not trying it the way that works for them. Young readers can take a lot back from this story. The big idea in this story is to never give up.
  • (5/5)
    Summary: Gerald the giraffe loves to dance but has very skinny legs and a poor sense of rhythm. This book shows that everyone is different. They have different rhythms and beats.Personal reflection: This was a fun book, and had fun illustrations.Class use: Have a dance party! Have each student do a different move and teach the rest of the students their own move.
  • (4/5)
    Every animal in the jungle laughs at Gerald, the clumsy giraffe, when he tries to dance. Gerald gets upset and walks away alone. But, then he finds music that he likes and starts to really dance. He goes back to the jungle party and impresses all of the animals with his new moves. Cute way to let kids know to never give up on something they love.
  • (5/5)
    Who says giraffes can't dance?! Who says anyone can't dance?! Love love love this book! Teaches that anyone can do anything. I am a dance teacher so this one is close to my heart, but i am an advocate for kids trying anything and everything.. nobody but you can determine what you can or can't do. The presence of animals instead of people makes it relatable to all children.
  • (4/5)
    Gerald starts out being a "clumsy" giraffe & it is well known throughout the jungle that giraffe's can't dance. Some fun rhyming and colorful graphics for early readers. Gerald goes out alone in the night and meets a cricket. The cricket encourages Gerald to close his eyes & listen to his surroundings. The cricket starts to play the violin & Gerald starts moving his body to the sounds of nature & the music coming from to cricket playing the violin. Gerald ends up being the best dancer in the jungle and moves & grooves with the rest of the animals.
  • (4/5)
    The giraffe can't dance and his friends all make fun of him. Instead of trying to be himself, he tries to be like everyone else. Eventually, he becomes himself and makes his own dnace moves and everyone loves them. This book could be used to teach kids to be themselves instead of trying to fit into the crowd.
  • (5/5)
    At our center, we have a lot of dance parties. This book is a wonderful reminder that everyone dances in their own way. Poor Gerald is so happy to dance with his friends and is made fun of because of how clumsy he is. A cricket shows him the way, showing how a friendship can be created, and how we all beat to our own drums.