40. “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae


Gerald was a giraffe of many talents but dancing was not one of them. It wasn’t a problem on a daily basis, but it was a disaster one day per year, during a jungle dance competition. Embarrassed by his clumsiness Gerald would have drowned in his sadness and loneliness if not but for one wise cricket. He gave Gerald just one piece of advice: ” sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song.” These simple words did magic. Gerald started dancing to the music played by cricket. All animals were puzzled and amazed by his performance. And Gerald? “We all can dance,” he said, “when we find music that we love.”

“Giraffes Can’t Dance” overwhelms the reader on so many levels. First, it throws you in the middle of the African savannah by the warm, crimson-gold pictures by guy Parker- Rees. Then the light and enchanting rhyme carries you through the pages, like in trance. And then it leaves you flooded with deep thoughts. There is so much you can gather from this children’s story. The message that sticks with me the most is about how much of our success in life depends on a right teacher and how much a right, charismatic  teacher can influence our potential.

I am a teacher and a young mom. The cricket is my role model. I want to inspire my students and my son, help them discover the precious gifts and talents hidden in them. We all can move the mountains. We just have to find the right way, tools or… music to do it.

 

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