Marie: An Invitation to Dance

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In 1775, young Marie lives in Paris and dreams of becoming a ballerina. But her family is of modest means and her future is set--convent school, marriage, and children--unless she can find a wealthy patron to sponsor her. One special evening, a surprise audition in a most exciting and original place changes Marie's destiny. Full color.

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In 1775, young Marie lives in Paris and dreams of becoming a ballerina. But her family is of modest means and her future is set--convent school, marriage, and children--unless she can find a wealthy patron to sponsor her. One special evening, a surprise audition in a most exciting and original place changes Marie's destiny. Full color.

Ten-year-old Marie dreams of becoming a ballerina, but without a wealthy sponsor, she faces a more mundane future dictated by her family's position in pre-Revolutionary Parisian society.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Marie and her friend Joelle live in Paris prior to the French revolution. Marie's parents run a boarding house, and they are anticipating a visit by a family from the new nation of America. When they arrive, Marie and Joelle show their daughter around Paris, commenting on the sites and happenings in the Paris of the day. The daughter, Prudence, wants to be an artist when she grows up, and Marie's dream is to become a ballet dancer. The story includes their hopes and dreams for the future as well as a few surprises. The few watercolor illustrations seem like an unrealistic depiction of life in the shopkeeper's class in pre-Revolutionary Paris, and the story is a bit candy coated. However, young girls may enjoy the fantasy. It's one volume in the "Girlhood Journeys" series that consists of books and dolls of the same name.
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Gr 4-6An imitation of the "American Girl" series, this "Girlhood Journey" features Marie, a 10 year old living in Paris in 1775. Her passion to dance is nurtured by her ballet teacher, who finds her a patron who will sponsor her advanced training at Court. Other major characters include Marie's happy-go-lucky best friend, Joelle, and a 13-year-old girl from the Connecticut Colony who has come to Paris with her father to study painting. Readers are fed snippets of history through the conversations of students who come to Marie's parents' caf, a raid on Joelle's parents' bakery by hungry citizens who cannot get flour, and glimpses of street life. Decorative full-color illustrations accompany the text. Characterizations are minimal, and the dialogue is stilted. The plot provides a lot of exposition and enough action to lead into Book Two. It is questionable how many middle grade readers will be absorbed enough to care. (Note: a full-page, full-color ad for dolls that correspond with titles in this series appears on the last page.)Amy Kellman, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689809859
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 9/17/1996
  • Series: Girlhood Journeys Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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