Lili Backstage

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Lili loves ballet, and now she gets a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes. She peeks into the makeup room, the wig room, and the prop room before arriving at her final destination, the orchestra pit. There her grandfather awaits her with a special surprise. This vibrantly illustrated off-stage tour of the ballet is packed with detail and brimming with pre-performance excitement.<P>"Isadora's watercolors demonstrate the myriad details needed to create the magic of a ballet performance." ...
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Overview

Lili loves ballet, and now she gets a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes. She peeks into the makeup room, the wig room, and the prop room before arriving at her final destination, the orchestra pit. There her grandfather awaits her with a special surprise. This vibrantly illustrated off-stage tour of the ballet is packed with detail and brimming with pre-performance excitement.<P>"Isadora's watercolors demonstrate the myriad details needed to create the magic of a ballet performance." --<i>The Horn Book</i><P>* A Picture Puffin <br>* Full-color illustrations<br>* 32 pages<br>* Ages 3-8

As she looks for her grandfather backstage, Lili sees some of the different people involved in putting on a ballet performance.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The winning ballerina from Lili on Stage and Lili at Ballet returns for some behind-the-scenes action. Ages 3-8. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
During the holiday season of The Nutcracker Ballet, a good gift for ballet lovers is Isadora's Lili Backstage. What goes on behind the scenes is as much a show as what goes on in front of the footlights. Isadora, a former ballet dancer, paints each scene with firsthand knowledge and an obvious love for ballet. Also be sure to see Lili On Stage and Lili At Ballet.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Instead of going home after ballet class, Lili is staying at the theater to eat with someone special. She hunts all over, looking in the prop room, chatting with the stage manager, watching the wardrobe mistress at work. Finally she hears the French horn and knows where her grandfather is! Watercolor and pencil illustrations allow us to follow Lili's tour of the backstage world. Lots of books show us what happens onstage; this is a refreshing, new perspective.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Isadora's winsome ballerina has returnedthis time backstage. Lili arrives at the theater prior to a performance of Sleeping Beauty, and while searching for her grandfather, a French-horn player in the orchestra, she explores the rehearsal area; stage loft; costume, wig, prop, and make-up rooms; canteen; and even under the stage, finally finding Grandpa Max waiting for her in the orchestra pit. As with Lili at Ballet (1993) and Lili on Stage (1995, both Putnam), Isadora's latest work treats youngsters to the sights and sounds of a dancer's world. Her explanations are simple and clear, conveying not only information but also a sense of excitement about the theatrical realm. The double-page, realistic watercolors are a perfect complement to the text. Their colors are bright and varied, their detail meticulous. They convey a tremendous sense of movement and feature a variety of ethnic groups. A welcome addition to picture-book collections, not only for ballerina wannabes, but also for those who are intrigued by the romance of getting "behind the scenes."Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Young balletomanes already know Lili the performer (Lili at Ballet, 1993; Lili on Stage, 1995); this time she leads them through the multileveled labyrinth backstage, from the orchestra rehearsal studio to a balcony view of the stage lights, through the colorful wig and costume rooms and to the spooky recesses under the stage. When she hears a French horn playing, Lili finds the object of her tour—Grandpa Max in the orchestra pit. They share a pepperoni pizza before Lili skedaddles backstage again to watch the performance from the wings. Isadora's finely detailed watercolors capture all the behind-the-scenes bustle: Young dancers stretch and snack in the canteen, another ballerina applies her make-up and transforms herself into a lilac fairy, costumes protrude from a wardrobe in a glorious bouquet of ruffles, and the stage manager—somehow—must change 30 bulbs. Lili is an ideal guide to the world beyond the wings; through her tour, Isadora tacitly makes clear the tremendous work and cooperation that takes place before the first notes of the orchestra are played.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698117938
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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