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Gerald the giraffe doesn't really have delusions of grandeur. He just wants to dance. But his knees are crooked and his legs are thin, and all the other animals mock him when he approaches the dance floor at the annual Jungle Dance. "Hey, look at clumsy Gerald," they sneer. "Oh, Gerald, you're so weird." Poor Gerald slinks away as the chimps cha-cha, rhinos rock 'n' roll, and warthogs waltz. But an encouraging word from an unlikely source shows this glum giraffe that those who are different "just need a different song," and soon he is prancing and sashaying and boogying to moon music (with a cricket accompanist). In the vein of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Gerald's fickle "friends" quickly decide he's worthy of their attention again.
With this rhyming, poignant (in a cartoonish way) tale, Giles Andreae, author of Rumble in the Jungle, and numerous other picture books, shows insecure young readers that everyone can be wonderful, even those that march to the beat of a different cricket. The rhymes are somewhat awkward, but the bold, bright watercolors by Guy Parker-Rees will invite readers to kick up their heels and find their own internal harmony. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Editorial Reviews
My 4 month old goes nuts for this book! He gets all excited and makes kiss lips while kicking his legs. The bright pictures are so great and super cute! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Haley
Whether or not your child or grandchild feels out of place or inadequate at this moment, chances are they WILL feel that way some day. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tanya Floyd
Fun, entertaining book. My grandsons, age 2 and 4, love the book.Published 2 days ago by kassie mae
This is a very cute book about Gerald the giraffe and his dancing adventure. I like the drawings in this book, they are precious.Published 3 days ago by Gus Taylor
I got this for a 1 year olds birthday present and it was very well received by the mom.Published 3 days ago by Jem Quan
I got this board book for my niece for her birthday and she really enjoys having read to her.Published 3 days ago by Kevin Perez
Super cute book, colorful pictures and perfect for my almost 3 year old.Published 3 days ago by redsoxgirl