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Giraffes Can't Dance: Number Rumba By Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can’t Dance: Number Rumba, by Giles Andreae | Book Review

Tenley Peck | The Children’s Book Review | September 24, 2014

Giraffes Can't Dance: Number Rumba By Giles AndreaeGiraffes Can’t Dance: Number Rumba Counting Book

By Giles Andreae; Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Board Book: 12 pages

Age Range: 1-4 years

Publisher: Scholastic, Cartwheel Books (2014)

ISBN: 978-0-545-63996-5

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.

Giraffes Can’t Dance: Number Rumba Counting Book, by Giles Andreae, was reviewed by Tenley Peck. Follow along with our Books for Ages 0-3Animal Books, and Board Books categories to discover more great books for sharing with the youngest readers and listeners.

Tenley Peck and her husband, Rob are in the process of adopting a little girl from China. Currently, she is a proud parent to a very furry 7 year old Chow Chow named Walker. He enjoys children’s books featuring rabbits and squirrels (the more realistic the illustrations the better) and he especially likes scratch and sniff books. Tenley is a former Program Manager, responsible for marketing content and program management for a major distributor in the promotional products space. She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Gonzaga University and a Bachelors in Business from the University of Washington. Now, she is the CEO of the Peck Household. She likes to cook, bake, travel, spend time with family and friends, decorate, and walk her adorable dog Walker.

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