Giraffes Can’t Dance – Book review
Last December, I shared some of my son’s board books for babies and toddlers. Today, I’m going to share another book called Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. I found this book for less than a hundred pesos on Booksale but if you’re interested I included a link to Amazon on the image.
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a story about a giraffe who wanted to join the jungle dance but is unable to dance because of long, thin legs. The giraffe is quite clumsy that even just running would make him stumble. When he went to the dance, the other animals laughed at him and he felt really sad. With the help of a cricket, he eventually found his groove.
We got this book when my son was just an infant because giraffes were his favorite. Unfortunately he didn’t pay much attention to it, probably because the book is very colorful with the illustrations filling up the whole page. I think it may be overstimulating for babies and should be introduced when they can handle looking at lots of colors. If you read to your baby, this is still a nice book to read because the whole story is in rhyme. My son recently started to be interested with the book but just on the page where the giraffe stumbles and falls. I would also recommend this book to older toddlers and kids, because it could teach them about being different and finding what you’re good at. I can’t wait for the day when my son understands the story.
Another fun thing to do with your kid is to look for the cricket on every scene. Even if the cricket seems to be stalking the giraffe (creepy), it was probably waiting for the right time to offer some help. I especially like this line by the cricket which was also a turning point in the story:
“But sometimes when you’re different you just need a different song.”