Yesterday I found my new favorite children’s book. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees is an adorable story about Gerald, the giraffe who can’t dance like the other animals in the wild. Gerald’s inability to participate in the annual Jungle Dance makes him a bit of an outsider. Think Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer–who wasn’t invited to play in any reindeer games.
With the help of a wise cricket, Gerald learns that he can dance, he simply needed to find the music that worked for him. And when he does find his music, Gerald does back flips. He even strikes a pose reminiscent of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. No, really…it’s in the book. And of course, in true storybook fashion, Gerald gains acceptance from the other animals.
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a wonderful board book for young children, and brings with it a message for all of us. Find your music….and Dance!