Giraffes Can’t Dance
Giles Andreae (1999), Orchard Books
Gerald, a giraffe, is the oddball out every year at the annual Jungle Dance held in his home jungle. While he’s very good at other things, the other animals heckle him so much that he believes he simply cannot dance. With some encouragement from his friend the cricket, Gerald learns that being different from the other animals simply means he might need a different song. He takes the stage at the Jungle Dance once he learns to dance to his own tune.