Book: Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
What a wonderful book about having confidence!
Gerald the giraffe looks very clumsy when he dances and all the animals laugh and jeer at him. Gerald wishes that he could dance! A kind cricket boosts Gerald's confidence by telling him that everyone can dance...they just need to find the right music. When Gerald finds the right music it turns out that HE is the best dancer and the envy of all the animals in the jungle!
I set the stage for this story with a fake fire and some jungle sounds! As the lions roared and the monkeys howled in the background I summarized the book for these young readers.
I then went on to read the book ensuring that I played into the rhythms created by the rhymes. My little readers LOVED it! With some prompting, they were even able to link yesterday's book to today's book. They identified the bucket dipping behaviour of the animals that teased Gerald and even pointed out that the cricket was a bucket filler!
After completing a challenging worksheet we went on to dance...well some of us danced!
See the kids' wonderful paintings of Gerald in the moonlight!