Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book of the Week: "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae

It's 80's week here at Bubbles Academy, and let me tell you... it is a par-tay! So this week, I picked a book all about party animals. It's called Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. 

What a perfect party story! It's all about Gerald the Giraffe who is very good at reaching high and standing still, but when it comes to running, skipping, and especially dancing, he just doesn't cut it. When all the animals in Africa gather for the annual "Jungle Dance", Andreae's clever rhyming verse and Parker-Rees' simply adorable illustrations dance us through the party. We waltz with warthogs, rock'n'roll with rhinos, tango with lions, and even do a rollicking Scottish reel with eight baboons! But when it comes to be Gerald's turn to cut a rug, all the other creatures laugh him out of the party. That's when cricket (who is watching from almost every page) intervenes. He tells Gerald that "...sometimes when you're different, you just need a different song." With cricket's help, Gerald finds his rhythmn and joins the celebration with the other animals... a happy, storybook ending!

Bring your little party animal out this Thursday at 4 p.m. to hear Giraffes Can't Dance at Open Play Story Time!

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