Children’s Hour is a new feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.
I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.
The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
>I think I possibly love Giraffe’s Can’t Dance more than the kids do! It has to be one of my favourite ‘new’ children’s picture books. Giraffe’s Can’t Dance is the tale of Gerald the giraffe, ‘he was very good at standing still and eating leaves from trees, but when he tried to run around, he buckled at the knees’. It is time for the jungle dance and Gerald is very nervous, he just can’t dance! Once the other animals see he is going to attempt it they start to laugh and Gerald skulks away, but then something magical happens… This is another book with a lovely message, a message about how you can really do anything you want to do, no matter what others think, and about being kind to your friends. The book is rather funny, especially when accompanied by pictures of the animals dancing and Gerald running around. The pictures themselves make half the story. The rhymes that the story is written in also adds a hint of humour and makes the story both easy to read and to listen to. The only real problem is that for the two year olds I work with it’s a little long, it’s a difficult book to read in front of a larger group of two year olds simply because they don’t all have high enough levels of concentration. However it works well in smaller groups or for one-to-one storytime, and generally the older children are able to concentrate on the story when it’s read to a larger group.
If you decide to buy the book I would highly recommend the version with the CD, it’s great for quieter meal times and is a terrific reading by Hugh Laurie
Buy Giraffe’s Can’t Dance:
Board Book (£4.19)
Book and DVD (£4.31)
Book and CD (£5.59)