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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 4 to 9.
This how-to book about ballet includes precise illustrations with simple and brief descriptions of the beginning essentials of the dance. The illustrations first show bunnies (with arms and legs) at the studio getting ready for their ballet class. Every piece of their outfits is labeled next to the picture. Warm-up exercises are next, followed by ballet positions. Then more advanced ballet positions (for bigger bunnies) are shown and explained in detail. The bunnies do ballet exercises with the official names such as tendu and arabesque at the barre before they go on to "hop, skip, twirl, and wiggle." Big leaps are followed by a curtsy or bow to thank the teacher and end the dance. A glossary gives brief definitions of these words and additional terms. This book is a visually sweet presentation of information that should interest young readers and dancers. Reviewer: Vicki Foote