Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Giraffes can’t Dance by Giles Andrede, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
This story of learning to love yourself starts when a giraffe tries to enter the annual dance contest in the jungle and the animals laugh him off the floor. Saddened, the giraffe leaves the party and walks through the jungle where a cricket tells him that anyone can dance if they find the right music. As the giraffe finds his music, he transforms into the best dancer and mesmerizes the crowd. We all need to learn to love ourselves and I wish it was a simple a process as the giraffe had, but our inner music is there if we take time to listen to it. Teaching self-esteem through story gives opportunities to point out to children their inner music.