Giraffe's Can't Dance
Narration by: Morris Jude Martinez
Voice AgeYoung Adult (18-35)
AccentsNorth American (General)
Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
Giraffes can't dance by Giles, Andreae and Guy Parker. Rees Gerald was a tall giraffe whose neck was long and slim, but his knees were awfully crooked, and his legs were rather thin. He was very good at standing still and munching chutes off trees. But when he tried to run around he buckled at the knees. Now, every year in africa they hold the jungle dance where every single animal turns up to skip and prance. And this year when the day arrived, poor Gerald felt so sad because when it came to dancing he was really very bad. The warthogs started waltzing and the rhinos rock and rolled. The lions danced a tango that was elegant and bold. The chimps all did a cha cha with a very Latin feel. And eight baboons then teamed up for a splendid Scottish reel. Gerald swallowed bravely as he walked toward the floor, but the lions saw him coming and they soon began to roar. Hey, look, it's clumsy, Gerald! The animals all sneered giraffes can't dance, you silly fool! Oh, Gerald! You're so weird! Gerald simply froze up. He was rooted to the spot. They're right! He thought I'm useless. Oh, I feel like such a clot! So he crept off the dance floor and he started walking home. He'd never felt so sad before, so sad and so alone. Then he found a little clearing and he looked up at the sky. The moon can be so beautiful! He whispered with a sigh. Excuse me coughed a cricket who'd seen Gerald earlier on. But sometimes when you're different you just need a different song. Listen to the swamp grass and listen to the trees to me. The sweetest music are those branches in the breeze. So imagine that the lovely moon is playing just for you. Everything makes music if you really wanted to. With that. The cricket smiled and picked up his violin. Then Gerald felt his body do the most amazing thing. His hooves started shuffling, making circles on the ground. His neck was gently swaying and his tail was swishing round. He threw his arms out sideways and he swung them everywhere. Then he did a backward somersault and leapt up in the air. Gerald felt so wonderful. His mouth was open wide. I am dancing! Yes, I'm dancing! I am dancing, Gerald cried. Then one x one, each animal who had been there at the dance arrived while Gerald Boogied on and watched him quite entranced! They shouted. It's a miracle! We must be in a dream. Gerald's, the best dancer that we've ever ever seen. How did you learn to dance like that, please, Gerald, tell us how! But Gerald simply twirled around and finished with a bow. Then he raised his head and looked up at the moon and stars above. We all can dance! He said, when we all find music that we love