I Am A Ballerina

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Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
Part of the "I Am a" series, a girl watches her best friend perform on stage and muses that she would like to be a ballerina, too. Shyness is cleverly personified as a huge red cloud going into the girl's mouth, as she says, "I swallow my shyness so I can go onstage." The narrator alludes to famous ballets as she imagines herself dancing in each of them: she is in a land of toys, she is on a tightrope, she is a fairy, she is a flower, she is a princess, she is a mouse, she is a witch. As she explores interpretive dance, she is even a monster, a tree, and weather before collapsing with an "oof!" Her flight of fancy into the possibilities of ballet is interesting, and readers may identify with the classic ballet stories she imagines. Unfortunately, there is no arc to the story. It is a series of imagined performances and nothing more. Illustrations are bright and colorful with varied settings of the ballets, but the human characters' faces lack charisma and interest. In the end, the narrator says, "I'm finally myself again!" as she drifts off to sleep, leaving the reader wondering if this was supposed to have the soothing effect of a bedtime book or the rousing effect of adventures imagined. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607542513
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: I Am A... Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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