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Overview

Do you love to dance?
If so, this is the book for you!
Twist!
Stretch!
Reach!
Leap!
Be a swan!
Be a tiger!
Be a flame!
Be a ballerina!

A young girl puts on costumes of different colors and imagines herself dancing on stage.

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Editorial Reviews

Mikhail Baryshnikov
In my view, life without dance would be quite unthinkable. In this book, Peter Sis confirms it.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
S s here uses the format of his successful series for very young boys (Fire Truck; Ship Ahoy!) to strong effect in exploring a girl's love of ballet. Equipped with a trunkful of dress-up clothes, her dancing aspirations and a full-length mirror, young Terry dreams she is a prima ballerina. With each change of dancewear, she transforms: "She puts on her pink tutu and dances The Nutcracker," writes S s, as Terry's reflection shows a graceful, mature ballerina starring as the Sugarplum Fairy. On the next spread, the girl changes into a red leotard, and her exotically dressed reflection leaps over volcanoes in "a fire dance." Each spread also illustrates a physical aspect of dance in non-technical terms ("Stretch," "Twirl," "Leap," etc.). Older balletomanes can fill in the proper labels, but S s is more interested in a pas de deux with a child experiencing the first thrill of slipping on leotards, tights and dance shoes. Ages 3-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Here's an imaginative and satisfying tour of ballet roles as seen by Terry, a very young dancer of about five. She explores her dress-up box and, on the left-facing page, dances and cavorts in a variety of outfits. In the mirror on the right, what she imagines is pictured in complementary colors¾in the person of an adult dancer. Terry's outfits are perfectly childlike—a yellow turban turns her into a cat dancer and a pink tutu suit for the Nutcracker. With her multicolored scarfs, she is the best ballerina of all and "her audience claps and claps and claps." (Mom and Dad, of course.) Little dancers will twirl, float, flutter, dip and try out the action words under the mirrored picture. Sis's signature black line with plenty of dotted shadows and highlights are minimally tinted in a few pastel colors per picture to give the reader's imagination room to dance. 2001, Greenwillow, $14.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
PreS-K-An aspiring ballerina can't wait to practice before a large mirror in her room when she gets home from school. First, she warms up in her tights and then dons various costumes: a pink tutu for The Nutcracker, a red leotard for a fire dance, a blue gown for The Sleeping Beauty, an orange turban for a tiger dance, a white feather boa for Swan Lake, a green hat for a spring dance, and a violet cape for Cinderella. Last of all, she swirls streamers of all the colors as she pretends to be the best ballerina in the world. In crisp black-line art combined with watercolor, the verso pages show the little girl in simple outline performing the various steps, while the recto pages show a more-detailed, grown-up mirror image dancing the various roles with grace and spirit, just the way little ballerinas would like to do. The text is minimal, and all is printed on heavyweight paper. A book that's sure to feed young dancers' dreams and encourage them to step a little higher.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sís continues his series of preschool-level stories (Dinosaur!, not reviewed, etc.) exploring the boundaries of fantasy and reality within areas of particular fascination to preschoolers. This short exploration of a little girl's active imagination is printed on heavy-coated paper providing a transitional format between board books and regular picture books. The succinct text manages to identify colors, dance costume components, the most famous ballets, and descriptive words for common ballet movements. The patterned story begins with a simple line-art illustration of the little girl, Terry, in her colorless bedroom in front of a large mirror. In each two-page spread, the left-hand page gives a short descriptive sentence about Terry trying on one colored item of a dance costume with the right-hand page showing a corresponding imaginary view of an adult Terry dancing in the complete costume within the mirror frame. A descriptive action word printed in the featured color serves as the caption for each imaginary dancer. Terry's pink tutu leads to the Sugarplum Fairy, a white feather boa leads to the graceful swan from Swan Lake, and a set of many-colored scarves leads to a gatefold conclusion that reprises all seven of the previous ballerinas curtseying, with Terry's parents applauding as the audience on the last page. There aren't many books on ballet for younger preschoolers, so Terry's imaginative fantasy dances will find a place in the spotlight with the littlest budding ballerinas. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688179441
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    My 2.5 Year Old Daughter Loves This Book

    My daughter loved reading this book with me and did so every night until we had to return the library copy. I decided she deserved her own copy.

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