Josephine Wants to Dance

Josephine Wants to Dance

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by Jackie French, Bruce Whatley
     
 

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The popular wombat's friend

From the award-winning duo behind the bestselling Diary of a Wombat (the famous wombat even makes an appearance at the ballet complete with a tutu!), Josephine Wants to Dance encourages all readers to never give up and to always dance to their own music.

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The popular wombat's friend

From the award-winning duo behind the bestselling Diary of a Wombat (the famous wombat even makes an appearance at the ballet complete with a tutu!), Josephine Wants to Dance encourages all readers to never give up and to always dance to their own music.

Josephine loves to dance. She dreams of wearing a pink tutu and silk ballet shoes. But everyone reminds her that kangaroos don't dance—they hop! Kangaroos don't wear tutus, and they never wear ballet shoes! So Josephine sneaks into town, where the ballet rehearses, and watches for hours as the dancers spin and swirl and pirouette and curtsy.

But on the day of the ballet performance, the prima ballerina twists her ankle and a new dancer is needed for the lead role, a dancer who can jump higher than all the rest. Will Josephine be able to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Caroline B. Hopenwasser
Josephine aspires to be a ballerina, complete with a pink tutu and toe shoes. The only problem: she's a kangaroo! This fact cannot stop Josephine, nor can the naysayers. Not even her brother, who proclaims repeatedly "Kangaroos don't dance. They jump!" And jump Josephine does—into the lead role of the ballet just in time to save the performance! Little children, so often told "you can't do that," will relate to Josephine as they are transported by the lyrical language of the story. Phrases such as "She swayed like the lyrebirds as they call to their sweethearts" literally dance their way across the page, mirroring Josephine's dance moves. The whimsical illustrations are a perfect complement to this inspiring tale. Use this book in a unit on Australian animals or as motivation for students to achieve their dreams; either way, students and adults will delight in the exploits of this brave kangaroo. Reviewer: Caroline B. Hopenwasser
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
The oft-told story of the stage-struck youngster who saves the show when the star is injured returns in this variation that features a ballet-dancing kangaroo named Josephine. She perseveres in the face of a doubting brother named, of course, Joey, and a giggling audience. It's her ability to twirl and leap and point her toes that finally drives them to clap and cheer. She's a graceful if not beautiful ballerina who practiced her art with other Australian animals but yearned for something more than the outback and found it. The author and illustrator have a number of collaborations behind them, most notably Diary of a Wombat (2003). An entertaining read-aloud that shows off an appealing tutu-clad kangaroo leaping across perfectly pink pages as if she were captured in a series of camera clicks. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810994317
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
232,125
Product dimensions:
11.62(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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