As my son gets older I'm looking for more and more books that offer the chance to discuss life lessons. I have a hard time just teaching behavior, but discussing the behaviors of characters in books is so much easier.
One of my current favorites in this line of children's literature is Giraffes Can't Dance, by Giles Andreae. This book opens up the door to so many different discussions about life that, for me, it is priceless.
Gerald, the giraffe, is our main character, and he learns how important it is to be yourself, even though that might mean others will laugh at you. It's about overcoming fears to excel at what you are good at - I mean who doesn't need to learn this life lesson?
Plus this books opens the door to discussion about peer pressure and bullying.
The pictures are amazing and so engaging for kids and parents alike - Guy Parker-Rees did an absolutely superb job.
To add to my love of this book, we always end by dancing!
Looking for some extra learning activities for this book? Try this packet or this craft.
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