Dream Dancer

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Lily loves to dance.

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But one day, Lily is climbing a tree, and she falls. Her leg is broken, and her dreams of becoming a ballerina are shattered...until a small wooden doll gives Lily the hope and inspiration to try to dance again.

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Overview

Lily loves to dance.

She dances everywhere and all the time. She even dances in her dreams.

But one day, Lily is climbing a tree, and she falls. Her leg is broken, and her dreams of becoming a ballerina are shattered...until a small wooden doll gives Lily the hope and inspiration to try to dance again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This husband-and-wife team's (Shadow) second collaboration spotlights a girl who lives for ballet. Lily pirouettes and pli s her way through her waking hours and dances in her dreams as well a lighthearted sequence shows her jet -ing out of a circus tent, followed by a similarly lightfooted elephant, lion and fox. After she falls from a tree and breaks her leg, Lily is despondent until Grandma buys her a small ballerina doll. The author/artist team leaves it to readers to decide whether it's magic or Lily's own imagination that prompts the doll (whom Lily names Peggy) to dance its way through Lily's recuperation. Peggy lifts the girl's spirits and eases the transition back to dance class. The story will quickly win over any child who loves dolls or dance. Newsome subtly explores the theme of perseverance ("After days and days and weeks and months and nearly a year, the moment came at last when Lily could dance again") as Mu$oz's spare, eloquent watercolors chronicle Lily's hard work and physical therapy. He captures the graceful arch of an arm and extension of a leg, as well as the emotional underpinnings of the story, and uses lily flowers as an effective recurrent visual motif. Readers will root for Lily right through to her final bravura performance. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lily loved to dance. She danced all day every day and at night she danced in her dreams. Then the unthinkable happened. Lily fell and broke her leg. Her life was miserable and her dreams of dancing disappeared. One day she and her grandmother spotted a tiny ballerina doll in shop window. Observing the joy Lily expressed in seeing the doll, her grandmother was prompted to buy it. Lily named the doll Peggy and they became constant companions. Peggy danced through every day while Lily's leg healed. It took almost a year until Lily was finally ready to dance again. After many lessons and much practice, Lily once again danced like a dream and became the star of the show. Lily is portrayed as a beautiful Asian girl in a biracial family. She floats in joyful movement when she is dancing. Her sadness at being grounded is evident and the reader rejoices with her when she returns to dance class. 2001, HarperCollins,
— Phyllis Kennemer
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Lily loves to dance anywhere, anytime. She even dances in her dreams. But one day, she falls from a tree and breaks her leg. She is "like a fish out of water, like a cheetah in a cage." When her grandmother gives her a little dancer doll, Lily names her Peggy and the two become inseparable. For almost a year, the toy dances in Lily's place, until, the child can once again join her ballet class. She is afraid she has forgotten how to dance, but once again, Peggy comes to her rescue. Mu-oz's lively watercolors tell the story of these kindred spirits. The pictures do a wonderful job of conveying the magic of dance and showing the little girl's joy and her pain. But the real magic of the book comes from the story. The determination of this young dancer comes to life in everything that she does-from her daily life to her imaginings to her relationship with Peggy. All of these parts allow for the hope that dreams can come true.-Karen Scott, Valley Intermediate School, Pelham, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In their second collaboration, husband-and-wife team Newsome and Muñoz (Shadow, 1999) effectively encapsulate the elusive essence of dance with the joyful story of a little girl named Lily and her tiny wooden dancing doll. A talented and committed ballet dancer, Lily dances every waking moment and even in her dreams, shown in a glorious double-page spread of a leaping Lily followed by three air-born animals shown in mid-leap. Her dancing is interrupted when Lily falls from a tree, breaking her ankle and causing a year-long absence from her ballet classes. After a long, slow recovery period (with her magically dancing doll by her side), she returns to her top form and "Lily danced once more like a dream." Muñoz is a master at depicting a dancer in motion, using his soft, expressive watercolors to show Lily's fluid, graceful movements and dancer's posture. Newsome's short, smoothly told story is understated and poetic, with the double drawing power of a doll and dance. She quietly shows that real dancers live their art and work hard at it daily, putting in the sweat equity to achieve their dreams. A polished pas de deux from a pair of pros. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060013226
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: HARPER
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.91 (w) x 10.85 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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