Friday, January 6, 2012

Gerald and the Cricket

One of Ayden Jane's favorite books (and mine) is Giraffes Can't Dance.  It is beautifully illustrated and is a poem which is really fun to read aloud.  Basically, Gerald (the giraffe) is clumsy and awkward and can't participate in the jungle dance.  The other animals make fun of him....  That is UNTIL:

"Excuse me!" coughed a cricket
who'd seen Gerald earlier on.
"But sometimes when your different
you just need a different song"

At the end of the book Gerald has found his own dancing ability and is happy...

Then he raised his head and looked up
at the moon and stars above.
"We all can dance," he said,
"when we find music that we love."

Ayden Jane really feels for Gerald.  She worries about him being sad every time we read the book.  You know, like maybe this time he won't 'find his different song'.  LOL  I love watching her as we go through the book as her expression follows right along with what Gerald is feeling and her eyes light up every time when things turn around for him.

In the end, I find myself applauding the cricket and praying that in those moments through Ayden Jane's life when her differences are declared 'weird' and she has trouble sorting it all out, there will be a nearby cricket.

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