Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant & Piggie)

by Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)

Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant & Piggie)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Elephants Cannot Dance! Piggie tries to teach Gerald some new moves. But will Gerald teach Piggie something even more important?
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Publishers Weekly

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. Willemss 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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Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781423114109
Lexile Measure
150L
Guided Reading Level
I
Publisher
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date
June 20, 2009
Series
Elephant & Piggie
BISAC categories
JUV031020 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Dance
JUV002200 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
JUV039000 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | General
JUV002080 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Elephants
Library of Congress categories
Dance
Humorous stories
Pigs
Swine
Elephants
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