Giraffes Can’t Dance

Title: Giles, Andreae & Parker-Rees, G. (2001). Giraffes Can’t Dance. New York: Orchard Books. Giraffes

Age: 3-6

Grade Level: Babies and Toddlers

Description: Giraffes Can’t Dance is the story of Gerald the giraffe. Every year, all of the other Animals in Africa gather for the Jungle Dance, where they prance and dance to the beat of the music.  Gerald is too clumsy to dance with all of the animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds his own beat and rhythm.

Use: With bold watercolor images and rhyming text, Giraffes Can’t Dance is a great resource for use in a young child or toddler storytime. Librarians can invite children to dance along with Gerald, or after the story has concluded, in order to incorporate physical activity into the program.

Review Sources:

Publisher’s Weekly (n.d). Giraffes Can’t Dance. [Review of the book Giraffes Can’t Dance]. Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from:

Kirkus Reviews (2010). Giraffes Can’t Dance. [Review of the book Giraffes Can’t Dance]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from:

Tags: animals, dance, giraffes

Published by

Faith Burns

Sch of Inform and Libr Science