Giraffes can dance at ‘Reading with Friends’ on Jan. 13

January 4, 2017 by

Children worldwide have been rooting for Gerald the giraffe to learn to dance for nearly 20 years — and now Concordia preschoolers will be able to join the chorus when “Giraffes Can’t Dance” comes to “Reading with Friends” on Friday, Jan. 13.

In this touching story, Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha and the lions tango. “Giraffes can’t dance,” they all jeer when it’s Gerald’s turn. But with some sound advice from a wise cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.

The story by English author Giles Andreae, with illustrations by Guy Parker-Rees, touches on the feeling of not fitting in, the value of encouragement and the importance of following your own heart.

Betty Drake of Beloit will be the guest reader.

The “Reading with Friends” monthly story times for children ages 3, 4 and 5 all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers are invited to enjoy coffee and snacks downstairs at the day center for women while the story is being read upstairs.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents need to register for each session in advance by calling Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or mailing neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. The remaining sessions for the 2016-17 school year are Feb. 10, March 10 and April 7.

“Reading with Friends” is funded in part by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County.

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