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Capturing everything from the stage-fright of auditions, to the difficulties of training, to the final joys of performing, these 15 stories encompass all facets of the dance experience. Authors include Margot Fonteyn, Cynthia Voigt and Amy Hest.

A collection of fifteen stories about the ballet, by such authors as Cynthia Voigt, Jean Ure, and Rumer Godden.

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Sally Homes Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 1997 Soft Cover New 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 A collection of 15 short stories about the ballet, by such authors as ... Cynthia Voigt, Jean Ure, & Rumer Godden From the tough discipline of training, through auditions & rehearsals to the glories of performance, these inspirational stories by classic & contemporary writers capture all the joy, pain, rivalry, & excitement of a ballet dancer's life. Includes stories by: Margot Fonteyn, Jamila Gavin, Amy Hest, Noel Streatfeild, Jean Ure, Cynthia Voigt. New/No dust jacket; soft cover (Grade A++++) No Names or Markings, Profusely & WONDERFULLY illustrated w/sketches by Sally Homes. VERY GIFT QUALITY! Read more Show Less

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Overview

Capturing everything from the stage-fright of auditions, to the difficulties of training, to the final joys of performing, these 15 stories encompass all facets of the dance experience. Authors include Margot Fonteyn, Cynthia Voigt and Amy Hest.

A collection of fifteen stories about the ballet, by such authors as Cynthia Voigt, Jean Ure, and Rumer Godden.

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Children's Literature - Patricia Timbrook
As proper as a crisp tutu, Castor's selection of fifteen ballet book extracts, lifts the reader onto dance stages around the world. A pliT here, an arabesque there, and the reader follows the vignettes of some well-known ballet dancers, to those of some unknown struggling dance students. On the barre, with its "backstage" and "limelight" story varieties, this book balances perfectly for any ballet-story seeker.
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"Jenny said, 'When I grow up, I'm going to be a ballet dancer.' Her younger brother Olly said, 'I will too,' but everyone laughed and took no notice." This opening phrase from the short story, "And Olly Did Too" captures the heart of many young girls' (and boys') dreams. This anthology compiles stories and excerpts from larger works that deal with the art of ballet. Many of the humorous stories take a look into the life of ballerinas, the rehearsals, and the competitive side of dancing. Others take a more serious tone, as they describe the dedication and sacrifice involved. Still others take an entertaining approach to breaking down gender stereotypes about ballet. One example of this is shown in the short story "And Olly Did Too." Through watching his sister go to auditions and dance performances, Olly, intrigued, discovers that he too longs to dance. This book includes stories by Amy Hest, Cynthia Voigt, and Jamila Gavin along with sections of autobiographies from Lynn Seymour and Margot Fonteyn. Whether you read this book straight through or choose a specific story, this is the perfect collection of stories for anyone who has ever dreamed of dancing or pirouetting across the stage. 2003 (orig. 1997), Kingfisher Books, Ages 9 to 14.
—Courtney Kramp
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Gr 4-6In addition to short stories, this collection includes chapters taken from novels and autobiographies. Although they are introduced with a short synopsis of the complete story, the context is not always clear and the endings sometimes seem abrupt. The selections examine the self-doubt and struggles inherent in the choice of dance as a career and present a balanced look at successes and failures. "Pulling Up the Old Socks," a chapter from Lynn Seymour's autobiography, describes the dancer's loneliness as a gifted 15-year-old Canadian studying ballet in London. Told through her letters, her sacrifices, dedication, and hard work are compellingly communicated. In contrast, "Wartime Ballet," from Margot Fonteyn's autobiography, is disappointingly scattered and flat. In "Ugly Feet Are Beautiful," a girl idolizes her older sister, down to her misshapen, tortured feet. Cynthia Voigt goes inside the isolation of failure as seen through the eyes of a black girl alone among white teachers and students in a "Summer Camp" for dancers. Most of the selections feature girls as the main characters. Unfortunately, the point of the story is too often hammered home. Sam is her best friend's understudy in "Samantha and Lizinka," which makes her work harder than ever. "Pauline Learns a Lesson" for putting on airs by having to yield a performance to her understudy. Average fare for lovers of dance.Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753450734
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 4/15/1997
  • Series: Story Library Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    YOU SHOULD BUY IT

    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I JUST FINISHED MY OWN BALLET AND I WOULD READ THIS EVERY NIGHT BEFORE I WENT TO SLEEP

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