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Giraffes can't dance, Giles Andreae ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Label
Giraffes can't dance
Title
Giraffes can't dance
Statement of responsibility
Giles Andreae ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Title variation
Giraffes cannot dance
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music
Tone
Character
Illustration
Review
  • PreS-K –A clumsy giraffe is instantly transformed into an exceptional dancer when he finds music that he loves. Gerald has tall, thin legs, which are good for standing still, but when he tries to run, his crooked knees buckle. At the annual Jungle Dance, he is laughed off the floor. A cricket tells him that "…sometimes when you're different you just need a different song." This advice enables the lonely creature to dance, much to the amazement of the other animals. The rhythmic text follows a pattern of four lines per stanza. Some rhyme and others do not. Some flow smoothly; others are forced. One line states that, "He threw his arms out sideways…." Huh! Giraffes don't have arms. Full-page color illustrations done in pen and ink and watercolor are bold and warm. Characters are whimsical and expressive, but they don't make up for the drastic and unbelievable turnaround that takes place upon hearing the cricket play his violin. For stories about individuality, stick with Helen Lester's Tacky the Penguin (1988) and Three Cheers for Tacky (1994, both Houghton) or Robert Kraus's Leo the Late Bloomer (HarperCollins, 1971) and Owliver (Prentice-Hall, 1974; o.p.).–Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL --Kathleen Simonetta (Reviewed October 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 10, p104)
  • All the jungle's got the beat, but Gerald the giraffe has four left feet. Such is the dilemma in this British team's bouncy if didactic picture book about self-esteem. As a multitude of fleet-footed beasts eagerly "skip and prance" at the annual Jungle Dance in Africa, Gerald feels sad "because when it comes to dancing/ he was really very bad." Jeered by waltzing warthogs and cha-cha-ing chimps when he attempts to cut a rug, Gerald hangs his head and leaves the celebration behind. Luckily, a friendly cricket appears in the moonlight, chirping a morale-boosting song of self-confidence that soon sets Gerald in graceful motion. Andreae's rhyming text has a jaunty rhythm that's likely to spark interest in the read-aloud crowd, in spite of a heavy-handed message. Parker-Rees's kicky depictions of slightly anthropomorphic animals boogying on the dance floor are the highlight here. His watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork exudes a fun, party vibe. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 10, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 37, p91)
  • Andreae's ode to a different drummer stumbles when it preaches about uncovering your own beat, but is ferried along by enough sweet verse and Parker-Rees's dazzling colors that it almost pulls its own weight. Gerald the giraffe's legs are too spindly for dancing; they are always buckling at the knees when it comes to the old soft-shoe. And while all the other creatures show some mean moves at the Jungle Dance ("The chimps all did a cha-cha / with a very Latin feel, / and eight baboons then teamed up / for a special Scottish reel"), poor Gerald is hooted off the dance floor before he even has a chance to crumple. As he shuffles homeward, and as he stops to admire the moon, a cricket suggests that "you just need a different song." So, to the sound of the wind in the trees, Gerald starts to move: a gentle swaying, some circling, and some swishing. Suddenly he commences to belt out Olympic-quality gymnastic moves—"Then he did a backward somersault / and leapt up in the air"—that blows the other animals away. But probably not readers, even the youngest of whom will want to know just why Gerald's legs didn't buckle this time, special music or not. Bad enough that in a story about rhythm, the verse doesn't always scan—but must Gerald strike the Travolta pose? Gerald doesn't find himself; he simply learns how to mimic. (Picture book. 3-5) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2001)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10070883
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Andreae, Giles
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ8.3.A54865
LC item number
Gi 2001
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
NLM call number
And
Reading level
3.8.
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Parker-Rees, Guy
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children's stories, English
  • Giraffe
  • Dance
  • Individuality
  • Giraffe
  • Dance
  • Individuality
  • Children's stories, English
  • Dance
  • Giraffe
  • Individuality
Target audience
preschool
Label
Giraffes can't dance, Giles Andreae ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Great Britain in 1999 by Orchard Books London
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocm45463390
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439539470
Lccn
00066586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
DLW2162
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)45463390
Label
Giraffes can't dance, Giles Andreae ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Great Britain in 1999 by Orchard Books London
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocm45463390
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780439539470
Lccn
00066586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
DLW2162
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)45463390

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