Friday Favourites – Giraffes Can’t Dance

I am taking part in Rhyming Picture Book Month, aka RhyPiBoMo (, and as part of this we are asked to share our favourite rhyming picture books every Friday. This week’s choice is very special one to me – Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.  

Gerald was a tall giraffe

Whose neck was long and slim,

But his knees were awfully bandy

And his legs were rather thin…

Every year Gerald dreads the great Jungle Dance, and feels ashamed that he cannot tango and two-step with the rest of the jungle animals. But then one day he realises that it doesn’t matter that he is different from everyone else–its just that he needs a different tune to dance to… “We all can dance, When we find music that we love”

This is a great picture book – it has a heart, great rhythm, warmth and humour. It will leave you feeling uplifted; possibly with a tear in your eye…

It is one of the few books that I can actually tell you exactly where I first read it too. When my (now 5 years old… wow, how did that happen!) son was 9 months old, we went on our first “family” holiday down to Cornwall. We stayed in a beautiful converted barn, that my son would crawl up and down endlessly, testing every door handle and cupboard within reach, rearranging the pots and pans, emptying the washing machine…!

Giraffes Can’t Dance was one of the books left for families to borrow during their visit. I remember lying on the bed, with my son lying perfectly still next to, as I held the book above us and read that story, over and over. As soon as we got home, I ordered our own copy. Wonderful memories, wonderful book.




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