Title: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
APA Citation: Andreae, G., & Parker-Rees, G. (1999). Giraffes Can’t Dance. New York City, NY: Scholastic.
Short annotation: Gerald the giraffe lived in Africa. Every year, there was a Jungle Dance where all the animals from the jungle would go and dance. Gerald attended but when it was his turn to dance, all the animals laughed at him and said that giraffes couldn’t dance. Humiliated, Gerald runs off. He then meets a cricket that tells him he can dance if he finds the right song. Soon Gerald begins to dance and all the animals surround him.
Grade Level: K-5
Intended Audience: This is a good read for all ages. This book teaches students to be kind to one another and not tease each other.
Personal Rating: 10/10, I really liked this book. It is fun and enjoyable and is a meaningful story.
Text-Dependent Question: “Who did Gerald meet that changed his mind about whether or not he can dance? What did that animal say?”
Reading Strategy: Accordion Books – This will help students think about the storyline and what happened in the beginning, middle, and end. They are also able to express their creativity by trying to recreate the images.