Giraffes Can’t Dance: Number Rumba, by Giles Andreae | Book Review
Tenley Peck | The Children’s Book Review | September 24, 2014
Board Book: 12 pages
Age Range: 1-4 years
Publisher: Scholastic, Cartwheel Books (2014)
What to expect: Animals, Counting, and Rhyming
Based upon the picture book Giraffes Can’t Dance, this sturdy and colorful board book is a fun way for little ones to learn how to count to ten. Each number features a different animal dancing. Not only does this book teach the basics of counting, but it also teaches children about animals and dance through the rhythmic and rhyming text. The author utilizes alliteration to capture the attention of its readers with phrases such as “two leaping leopards” and “five fine flamingos,” and the illustrations indicate the animal’s emotions. This allows little ones to piece together words, images, and feelings in a fun and interactive way.
It is a great book to read to little one’s starting at 1 year old so that they begin to hear these concepts. It even has colorful, sturdy, animal-shaped tabs, perfectly sized for little hands to help turn the page. This book continues to be very effective up until age 4 or 5 when children can begin to read the pages themselves. Giraffes Can’t Dance: Number Rumba Counting Book is a wonderful way to introduce numbers in a fun and interactive way and will help children gain counting confidence!
Add this book to your collection: Giraffes Can’t Dance: Number Rumba Counting Book
About the Author
Giles Andreae is the award-winning author of numerous children’s books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN. Giles lives in London with his wife and three children.
About the Illustrator
Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated many bestselling Orchard books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN by Giles Andreae; DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, DINOSAURUMPUS!, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH’S BOAT by Tony Mitton; QUIET! by Paul Bright; and THE HIPPO-NOT-AMUS by Tony and Jan Payne. He lives in Brighton, England.
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