Lili at Ballet

Lili at Ballet

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by Rachel Isadora
     
 

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Lili loves to dance, and dreams of becoming a ballerina. In her ballet class she does stretches, works at the barre, and learns the five classical dance positions that are the basics for the roles she may dance when she is older. Enhanced by delicate watercolor illustrations, this lovely book is the perfect introduction for boys and girls who want to learn more about

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Lili loves to dance, and dreams of becoming a ballerina. In her ballet class she does stretches, works at the barre, and learns the five classical dance positions that are the basics for the roles she may dance when she is older. Enhanced by delicate watercolor illustrations, this lovely book is the perfect introduction for boys and girls who want to learn more about ballet. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Who can resist a peek at young artists in training? Isadora gifts her heroine, Lily, with a quintessential combination of dreams and determination, then allows us to sit in on the ballet class that Lili attends four times a week. Lili and fellow students model their dance wardrobes, demonstrate their exercises and steps, and imagine themselves dancing celebrated roles in a number of ballets. Each new element, be it a practice tutu, one of the five basic positions or a movement like a passe en pointe, receives its own illustration and is captioned in unornamented cursive script. Budding balletomanes will especially enjoy the detailed discussion of the ever-wondrous pointe shoe; another welcome section focuses on a class just for boys. Two depictions of full-scale ballet productions expand to fill entire spreads with dramatic color; as if to distinguish theatrical illusion from the arduous work behind the scenes, the rest of the book is rendered in pale washes. A former dancer whose daughter is enrolled at New York City's prestigious School of the American Ballet, Isadora presents ballet with familiarity and respect--she romanticizes neither the suffering nor the glory, and emphasizes only Lily's dedication. Brava! Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Lili loves to dance and to learn her craft she attends ballet school. Delicate watercolor illustrations depict the stretching, basic positions and other steps and combinations that a dancer must practice. All of this hard work leads up to a performance in which Lili dances the part of a flower fairy. A extra feature are spreads showing the clothing for practice and costumes from various ballets. This is a work from a trained dancer that is sure to please.
Carolyn Phelan
Isadora, who danced professionally and now watches her daughter train for the ballet, offers a lovely picture book showing a child's dance experiences--from the inspiration of watching a performance of "Giselle" to the humdrum of dressing and waiting for class to the hard work of the lesson itself. A multiethnic crew of boys and girls makes up the class. They all work at the barre, then various dancers demonstrate different steps for the reader. A page showing a special class for boys, its members leaping through the air, is especially effective. Though many ballet teachers will wince when Madame Popova tells her class "to turn out their feet" (a movement some consider potentially harmful), the simple text and the more detailed captions to the drawings work beautifully with Isadora's irresistible artwork. In these captivating sketches, tinted with delicate washes, she captures the set positions of ballet as well as the natural poses of the students out of class. For the many young children who see themselves as future ballet dancers, here's a book with practical information to think about and wonderful illustrations to dream on.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399224232
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.29(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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I am a ballet teacher and now sell this book in our school ballet shop. It has been a real hit with the dance students. I am very pleased with the information in it as well as the beautiful, soft drawings. They would make lovely paintings. Ms. Isadora really knows her subject and has captured the positions and nuances of children in ballet. She also knows all the technical information which reflects her years of training and professional work. I think this would be a wonderful book to give any child interested in ballet.