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Elephants Cannot Dance!
Contributor(s): Willems, Mo

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ISBN: 1423114108     ISBN-13: 9781423114109
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2009
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Annotation: Mo Willems' award-winning Elephant and Piggie series continues to charm readers. Featuring two lovable and funny characters -- an optimistic (and sometimes reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant -- these books make reading irresistible to the beginning readers. Children who sat on their parents' laps to have Pigeon read to them will eagerly take the plunge with these books to start reading on their own.
Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist (and many adorable early learners). In Elephants Cannot Dance!, Piggy sure cuts a mean rug, and she's so pleased with herself she wants to teach everyone--especially her best friend, Gerald. But has anyone ever seen an elephant dance? Is it possible? Throwing everyone's expectations aside, Gerald demonstrates that even Elephants have moves.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dance; Fiction.
Elephants; Fiction.
Pigs; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Elephants
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009015769
Lexile Measure: 40
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Elephant and Piggie
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.75" W x 0.50" (0.65 lbs) 57 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 154563
Reading Level: 0.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Publisher Description:
Mo Willems' award-winning Elephant and Piggie series continues to charm readers. Featuring two lovable and funny characters -- an optimistic (and sometimes reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant -- these books make reading irresistible to the beginning readers. Children who sat on their parents' laps to have Pigeon read to them will eagerly take the plunge with these books to start reading on their own.
Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist (and many adorable early learners). In Elephants Cannot Dance , Piggy sure cuts a mean rug, and she's so pleased with herself she wants to teach everyone--especially her best friend, Gerald. But has anyone ever seen an elephant dance? Is it possible? Throwing everyone's expectations aside, Gerald demonstrates that even Elephants have moves.

Contributor Bio(s): #1 New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems started his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before changing the face of children's literature with his groundbreaking picture books. Mo has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008. He lives in Western Massachusetts

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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
Elephant Gerald intones, "Elephants cannot dance." But as it turns out, elephants can try to dance. Even though Gerald can't keep up with Piggie, he has a few (unwitting) moves of his own. Color-coded speech bubbles focus readers' attention on the simple words and expressive illustrations. The easily understood story will provide instant reading success and lots of laughs. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #4)
Whether elephants can (or should) dance is the quandary presented to preschoolers and new readers in the latest Elephant & Piggie easy reader. When elephant Gerald intones, "Elephants cannot dance," Piggie responds with a crestfallen, "You are kidding me." It turns out that elephants can try to dance, and that even though Gerald can't keep up with Piggie, he has a few (unwitting) moves of his own. Color-coded speech bubbles (pink for Piggie, gray for Gerald, and brown for the little squirrels who join the story near its end) focus the new reader's attention on the simple words and expressive illustrations. Despite some challenging sight words (e.g., "ENOUGH!"), the story is easily understood and will provide instant reading success and lots of laughs, especially if the audience attempts to act out the story and dance lesson themselves. The repetition in the dialogue ("Robot walk!" "Robot walk?!") demonstrates just how much tone and context can affect meaning. We have come to expect delicious hilarity from this interspecies friendship, and indeed Willems's comedic gifts are many -- both friends' slyly emotive eyes and Gerald's Richard Simmons-esque workout clothes can reduce a roomful of listeners to giggles. Though this episode is less rooted in a young child's daily experiences than the other books in the series, the idea that difficult tasks can at least be attempted is a valuable one. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 May #3)

In this humorous outing, Gerald the elephant and Piggie debate whether or not "elephants can dance." Gerald, who is convinced that he cannot (he tells Piggie to look it up in the "What Elephants Can Do" book) decides to give it a go nonetheless. Results are mixed, with Gerald basically doing the opposite of each instruction. Willems's characteristically sparse cartoon images and the use of speech balloons portray the comical dilemma with clarity, making it an ideal pick for early readers. Ages 4–8.(June)

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