From the Publisher
“* This picture book is a pleasure to read aloud and a beguiling choice for any young dancer.” Booklist, starred review
“* This will be a crowd pleaser with aspiring ballerinas and also makes a great introduction to a math lesson on number groupings.” School Library Journal, starred review
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Nine young graceful ballerinas clad in pink tutus love to leap, jump, and point their toes in Miss Lina’s ballet class. They begin each day early with a lesson before school. They learn how to pose and spin on toes, but find that ballet is not always perfect when one participant missteps and all of them, including Miss Lina, fall down. That’s why they practice, practice, practice! The ballerinas continue their day after class by living out what they have learned. On the way to school, they take time to dance at the zoo, through the marketplace, at the park and continue dancing even in the school. Once school is over, they dance home and pull up dreams of dancing as they settle in for the night. This level 1 reader contains short sentences with many one-syllable words, offering emergent readers a successful experience. Its rhyming pattern moves the text along well and helps readers remember the story. Words closely match the pictures to help with comprehension. Plenty of humor is included. Back matter consists of a page of ballet words such as pirouette and tendu. Illustrations show what the words mean. Students may have additional fun using this back matter to take another look at the illustrations and find ones that match the ballet words. This book is from the “Miss Lina” series and comes under the group of books known as “My Readers” by the publisher. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 5 to 7.