Author: Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees
Publisher: Cartwheel Books (an imprint of Scholastic), March 2012
Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ...or can they? A funny, touching and triumphant story from an award-winning creative team. 2009 sees the 10th anniversary of this bestselling picture book loved by children everywhere.
This was a fun, uplifting book. Gerald the Giraffe feels like he is too uncoordinated to dance like the rest of the jungle animals at the yearly, African Jungle Dance. The other animals don't believe Gerald could ever dance like them. But Gerald finds inspiration from a cricket whose wise words hit home: "But sometimes when you're different, you just need a different song." The illustrations are bright and colorful and accompanied with the excellent flowing rhyme scheme, this book is sure to be loved by both children and the adults reading it to them.
Co -hosted by Jen @ I Read Banned Books and Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
The giveaway starts September 28th and runs until October 6th!
Here is a little about what Banned Books Week is all about according to the ALA:
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
Some books that have been on the list include:
-The Hunger Games-anti-ethnic, anti-family, occult/satanic
-To Kill A Mockingbird-racism, offensive language
-The Kite Runner-offensive language, sexually explicit
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower-homosexuality, unsuited to age group
Be sure to check out the great giveaways starting next week! They include banned books and gift cards!
I am a Reader, Not a Writer and read this awesome author interview with Michele Poague, author of The Healing Crystal trilogy. Be sure to enter the giveaway as well! This series sounds so exciting!