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PreS-Gr 1 Josephine loves to dance, and, despite the lack of support from other kangaroos, who remind her that she is supposed to hop, she perseveres. She learns how to bow, point her toes, and soar. When a ballet troupe arrives in a nearby town, Josephine spends her time watching and practicing. And when opening night arrives, and the prima ballerina is out with a twisted ankle, she leaps to the rescue. She wins over a skeptical director, cast, and costume designer and shines in her debut. And in the tradition of truly great artistes, her performance inspires others. This is an amusing twist on the age-old story of triumphing over adversity. Josephine follows in the footsteps of the thespians in Amy Young's Belinda the Ballerina (Viking, 2003) and Mary Hoffman's Amazing Grace (Dial, 1991), who, for one reason or another, are told that they are unsuited for the spotlight. Although a dancer at heart, Josephine remains first and foremost a kangaroo (she eats her roses), and the fact that her style has been influenced by the animal world she inhabits is a nice way of showing how art helps us stay true to ourselves. There are no sweeping stages in this book, just individual figures against soft pink pages, helping to focus the story on the characters. Little girls with ballerina dreams of their own will embrace Josephine.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Posted March 22, 2013
I love to dance too. This book is really good for little kids. The book is a god book to get. I am a ballerina, and I love this book!
(P.S. a good book for people who want to or LOVE to dance!!!!)
Posted April 12, 2009
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