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Lili on Stage
     

Lili on Stage

by Rachel Isadora
 

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"Lili will capture the dreams of countless balletomanes as she arrives at the theater to prepare for her debut as a party guest in The Nutcracker. "The atmosphere crackles and the book delivers as much enchantment as the ballet itself." -- Kirkus Reviews (pointer review) "Text and art concentrate on the accomplished young dancers' behind-the-scenes activities

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"Lili will capture the dreams of countless balletomanes as she arrives at the theater to prepare for her debut as a party guest in The Nutcracker. "The atmosphere crackles and the book delivers as much enchantment as the ballet itself." -- Kirkus Reviews (pointer review) "Text and art concentrate on the accomplished young dancers' behind-the-scenes activities -- stretching, making up, dressing, rehearsing, and waiting to go on....This romantic offering will fire the imaginations of children looking forward to the Nutcracker experience." -- School Library Journal

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Children's Literature - Susan Fournier
Cinnamon is a gypsy who longs for the life of a princess. Despite being able to tell fortunes and dance with a bear, she dreams of dancing with a prince and living the life of royalty. One day she meets a princess who invites her to come to the royal palace. Without a backward glance or a goodbye to her old auntie, Cinnamon leaves her life behind to become a princess. Her time spent at the palace helps her to realize that happiness is not about riches and royalty, but love and acceptance in one's own circumstance. In a beautifully illustrated fantasy, Gilman enchants both young and old readers by weaving a tale that reminds us to be careful what we wish for. Happiness is found with those we love in a place called home.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this sequel to Lili at Ballet (Putnam, 1993), Lili is performing in The Nutcracker for the first time. Her moments on stage as a guest in the party scene quickly pass by, and she and her friends take their bows. Backstage, she encounters the dancers who will appear in Act II and takes flowers to her favorite ballerina, who autographs a toe shoe for her. An enchanted Lili settles into bed that night, shoe in hand, pondering the magic of the evening and looking forward to the next performance. Isadora provides a note telling the story of the ballet, but text and art concentrate on the accomplished young dancers' behind-the-scenes activities-stretching, making up, dressing, rehearsing, and waiting to go on. Nearly everything about this book-from the tutu-pink endpapers to the graceful watercolors depicting delicate details of bodies and costumes-will appeal to ballet enthusiasts. The only problem is that at times it's hard to pick Lili out from among the other girls. Nevertheless, this romantic offering will fire the imaginations of children looking forward to or familiar with The Nutcracker experience-and may make clumsy hopefuls drool with envy.-Vanessa Elder, School Library Journal
Carolyn Phelan
A sequel to "Lili at Ballet" (1993), this picture book tells of Lili's experiences on opening night of the "Nutcracker" ballet, where she plays a party guest in act 1. The children warm up, reflect on their teacher's advice, apply their makeup, put on their costumes, watch from the wings, play their parts, and take their bows. At home in bed, Lili looks forward to the next performance, when "the magic will begin again." The book's charm lies partly in the subject, but mainly in the simplicity and realism of both text and illustrations. The deft pencil drawings, brightened with pastel washes, capture both the awkwardness of some positions and movements in the young dancers and the precision of placement and gesture that ballet training makes possible. Young dancers and dreamers who enjoyed the first Lili book will definitely want to follow in her footsteps through the backstage door.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399226373
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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