Lili at Ballet

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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.

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Overview

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.

Lili dreams of becoming a ballerina and goes to her ballet lessons four afternoons a week.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698114081
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 490,552
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2000

    Ballet for all

    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.

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