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  • Giraffes can't dance. Bye Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

  • Based off this title page, what do you think the book is going to be about?

  • Let's find out

  • Gerald was a tall giraffe whose neck was long and slim. But his knees were all a crooked and his legs were rather thin.

  • He was very good at standing still and munching shoots off trees. But when he tried to run around, he buckled at the knees

  • Now every year in Africa they hold the Jungle Dance, where every single animal turns up to skip and prance.

  • And this year when the day arrived poor Gerald felt so sad because when it came to dancing, he was really very bad.

  • The warthogs started waltzing and the Rhinos rock 'n' rolled. The Lions danced a tango that was elegant and bold.

  • The chimp all did a cha-cha with a very Latin feel, and eight baboons then teamed up for a splendid Scottish reel.

  • Gerald swallowed bravely as he walked towards the floor, but the lions saw him coming and they soon began to roar

  • "Hey, look at clumsy Gerald" the animals all sneered. "Giraffes can't dance you silly fool!" "Oh, Gerald, you're so weird."

  • Clumsy is a vocabulary word. What does clumsy mean?

  • Gerald simply froze up. He was rooted to the spot. They're right, He thought I'm useless. Oh, I feel like such a clot

  • So he crept off from the dance floor and started walking home. He never felt so sad before- so sad and so alone

  • Then he found a little clearing and he looked up at the sky. "The moon can be so beautiful," he whispered with a sigh

  • "Excuse me!" coughed a cricket who'd seen Gerald earlier on. "But sometimes when you're different, you just need a different song"

  • "Listen to the swaying grass and listen to the trees. To me the sweetest music is those branches in the breeze.

  • "So imagine that the lovely moon is playing just for you- everything makes music if you really want it"

  • With that the cricket smiled and picked up his violin. Then Gerald felt his body do the most amazing thing

  • His hooves started shuffling making circles on the ground. His neck was gently swinging and its tail was swishing around

  • Gently is a vocabulary word, what does gently mean?

  • What do you think Gerald is going to do next?

  • He threw his legs up sideways and he swung them everywhere. Then he did a backward somersault and leapt up in the air

  • Gerald felt so wonderful his mouth was open wide. I am dancing. Yes. I'm dancing. I am dancing Gerald cried

  • Then one by one each animal who'd been there at the dance arrived while Gerald boogied on and watched him quite entranced

  • They shouted it's a miracle

  • We must be in a dream Gerald's the best dancer that we've ever ever seen

  • How do you learn to dance like that? Please Gerald tell us how. But Gerald simply twirled around and finished with a bow

  • Then he raised his head and looked up at the moon and stars above. We can all dance

  • He said, "when we find the music that we love."

  • How would you feel if you were told you couldn't do something?

  • What is something specially you can do?

  • What is the message Gerald sends?

Giraffes can't dance. Bye Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

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