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Adorable toddlers have fun with ballet

Bea loves everything about ballet class, from putting on her leotard and ballet slippers to bowing good-bye at the end of class. Bright, cheerful illustrations show Bea and her class learning the basic positions and movements and show them leaping and twirling to their hearts' delight.

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Overview

Adorable toddlers have fun with ballet

Bea loves everything about ballet class, from putting on her leotard and ballet slippers to bowing good-bye at the end of class. Bright, cheerful illustrations show Bea and her class learning the basic positions and movements and show them leaping and twirling to their hearts' delight.

Caldecott Honor winner--and former dancer--Rachel Isadora, the creator of Lili at Ballet, introduces young children to the joy of dance and creative expression.
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Editorial Reviews

Pamela Paul
…for roly-poly little pre-ballet dancers whose bellies still pop out and whose tights sag at the knees…Bea is a compact romp…
—The New York Times
Booklist
"Bright, effective, inclusive . . . perfect introduction to ballet for toddlers, who will instantly recognize the peanut-stomached and chubby-legged bodies as their own. Isadora . . . makes this cheery, here's-how-it's-done offering effortlessly authoritative. . . . As delightful for toddlers as Isadora's Lili at Ballet series is for their grade-school counterparts. Fans of Katharine Holabird's Angelina Ballerina series ought to rejoice, too."
The New York Times Book Review
"For roly-poly little pre-ballet dancers whose bellies still pop out and whose tights sag at the knees. . . . They may get dizzy and fall when they spin, but Bea knows what's most important: 'I love to dance!'"
The Horn Book
"For the youngest dance enthusiasts, this is a pitch-perfect introduction to ballet. . . . Skillfully balances basic information with realistic childlike characters. . . . Nothing can dampen Bea's enthusiasm for ballet, and she shares it with aplomb."
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"For the youngest dance enthusiasts, this is a pitch-perfect introduction to ballet. . . . Skillfully balances basic information with realistic childlike characters. . . . Nothing can dampen Bea's enthusiasm for ballet, and she shares it with aplomb." — The Horn Book, starred review

"Bea and the diverse group of toddlers in her ballet class are cherubic and infectiously enthusiastic. . . . A former dancer and Caldecott Honor artist, Isadora conveys the joy of ballet in a book that's sure to buoy the confidence of beginning dancers." — Publishers Weekly

"Bright, effective, inclusive . . . perfect introduction to ballet for toddlers, who will instantly recognize the peanut-stomached and chubby-legged bodies as their own. Isadora . . . makes this cheery, here's-how-it's-done offering effortlessly authoritative. . . . As delightful for toddlers as Isadora's Lili at Ballet series is for their grade-school counterparts. Fans of Katharine Holabird's Angelina Ballerina series ought to rejoice, too." — Booklist

"A precious primer from the first lady of ballet books for children. . . . The students' camaraderie is charming. . . . Youngsters will no doubt be anxious for Bea's promised, 'See you next week!' to revisit this warm and inviting ballet class." — School Library Journal

"For roly-poly little pre-ballet dancers whose bellies still pop out and whose tights sag at the knees. . . . They may get dizzy and fall when they spin, but Bea knows what's most important: 'I love to dance!'" — The New York Times Book Review

"Just the right touch of pizzazz. . . . Isadora has produced many wonderful stories of the ballet for young readers, and this one is as lovely and accomplished. Endowing the dancers with chubby legs and an occasional stumble just raises the irresistibility factor. Enjoy and dance along." — Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This very simple basic introduction to ballet begins with young Bea pictured on one side of the double page, and illustrations of what she wears in class on the other. We then meet her friend Sam, and see what he wears. Next, everything is labeled in the studio where her class will start. Bea greets the piano player; then Ms. Nancy arrives to begin the class. The five ballet positions are illustrated, as are the movements of the feet. On subsequent pages we see the students demonstrating what they are learning, from arabesque and turns, to how to bow goodbye. They all "love to dance." No scenery is needed here to distract from the book's objective: naturalistic youngsters studying ballet. Isadora uses pencil, ink, and oil paints to illuminate the action. The very young dancers, Bea in particular, are charming as they capably demonstrate the routines of the dance. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A precious primer from the first lady of ballet books for children. Isadora's pencil, ink, and oils on paper present the preschoolers in black, white, and gray line with bursts of color in wardrobe and accessories, which she explains piece by piece, for each gender. The class instruction includes labels for the barre, mirror, piano, the five classic positions, and four foot movements (point, flex, flat, relevé). There are chuckles when Sara wears boots and later gets dizzy, but the students' camaraderie is charming and includes a fluffy white dog as mascot. Youngsters will no doubt be anxious for Bea's promised, "See you next week!" to revisit this warm and inviting ballet class.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
It's a delightful day at ballet class for preschooler Bea and her dance mates. Isadora decorates Bea's ponytails with pink ribbons and then introduces readers to the special clothing that boys and girls wear, the steps they practice and the studio where they dance. Readers can see the five basic positions, how feet point and flex and what fun leaping and landing "like a cat" can be. The narrative steps along smartly with just one or two sentences per page and speech bubbles for conversation. The children are outlined in black against white space, and their diversity shows through hair styles and facial features. A colorful array of leotards and dance shoes adds just the right touch of pizzazz. In one double-page spread, the boys and girls sit in a circle and clap hands as they listen to music, an activity that the nursery-school crowd will certainly recognize. Veteran author and illustrator Isadora has produced many wonderful stories of the ballet for young readers, including the Lili at Ballet series, and this one is as lovely and accomplished. Endowing the dancers with chubby legs and an occasional stumble just raises the irresistibility factor. Enjoy and dance along. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101639702
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author


Rachel Isadora (www.rachelisadora.com) received a Caldecott Honor for Ben’s Trumpet, and has written and illustrated numerous other books for children, including Peekaboo Morning, the Lili at Ballet series, Say Hello! and several classic tales set in Africa (Old Mikamba Had a Farm, There Was a Tree, 12 Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Ugly Duckling, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Fisherman and His Wife, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Princess and the Pea). She lives in New York City.
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