My First Ballet Class: A Book with Foldout Pages

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Sweet text from bestselling author Alyssa Satin Capucilli takes readers through their very first day at ballet class! This 9 x 9 paper-over-board book features striking photographs and whimsical drawn images. Cardstock pages with large fold-out panels feature detailed step-by-step instructions for each ballet position. Each cardstock page folds out into a large 18 x 18 inch page that reveals detailed descriptions of actual dance instructions!

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Overview

Sweet text from bestselling author Alyssa Satin Capucilli takes readers through their very first day at ballet class! This 9 x 9 paper-over-board book features striking photographs and whimsical drawn images. Cardstock pages with large fold-out panels feature detailed step-by-step instructions for each ballet position. Each cardstock page folds out into a large 18 x 18 inch page that reveals detailed descriptions of actual dance instructions!

The story of Miss Lavender and her young ballerinas will entice young readers to emulate their simple movements again and again! Thanks to this interactive book, aspiring ballerinas can practice their dance steps wherever they go!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In their pink leotards and ballet slippers, five irresistible girls stand at the barre and demonstrate their beginning ballet skills. The text introduces a few basic terms such as plié, relevé, and chassé. The students are encouraged to stretch up and reach for a star and make the shape of a piece of pizza with their feet. Engaging photos of the smiling and enthusiastic young dancers accompany the spare text. The foldout pages depict a series of movements and actions that capture the magic of the first class. As the girls whirl and jump and use their imaginations to flutter like butterflies or prance like ponies, youngsters may feel inspired to join in on the fun.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Ready to learn a few dance steps? Join Miss Lavender as she leads her young ballerinas in basic dance movements, whirling and twirling throughout the pages. Readers are guided through the very first day at ballet class through the use of detailed dance instructions, striking photographs and whimsically drawn images on glossy 18 x 18 inch foldout pages. An enjoyable read along with young and/or aspiring ballerinas. Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the "Biscuit" books. It's not surprising that she herself is also a dancer whose love of ballet makes readers want to practice their very own whirls and twirls wherever they go. Jensen studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. This is the third children's book in which she has used photography to capture the magic of childhood. Budding preschool ballerinas will be delighted to listen to or read this hardcover story and may learn ballet by video, too. Scan the book tag with a Smartphone and get a free app. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In their pink leotards and ballet slippers, five irresistible girls stand at the barre and demonstrate their beginning ballet skills. The text introduces a few basic terms such as plié, relevé, and chassé. The students are encouraged to stretch up and reach for a star and make the shape of a piece of pizza with their feet. Engaging photos of the smiling and enthusiastic young dancers accompany the spare text. The foldout pages depict a series of movements and actions that capture the magic of the first class. As the girls whirl and jump and use their imaginations to flutter like butterflies or prance like ponies, youngsters may feel inspired to join in on the fun.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442408951
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Series: My First Series
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 530,457
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the Katy Duck and Biscuit series. A dancer as well as a writer, she lives with her family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Leyah Jensen studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, but her journey in photography began much earlier. As a toddler of a professional photographer, she was often staged in tutus or with a finger in the nose. Growing older, she helped lug equipment to places like Tijuana, where her father was basing a children’s book. Then in her teens she completed several photojournalism assignments abroad of her own, through children’s organizations such as Compassion and other orphan relief agencies. My First Ballet Class is her third children’s book to photograph. Her own experiences as a child model have taught her that you can’t capture the magic of childhood unless the subjects are free to truly be themselves.

Leyah Jensen studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, but her journey in photography began much earlier. As a toddler of a professional photographer, she was often staged in tutus or with a finger in the nose. Growing older, she helped lug equipment to places like Tijuana, where her father was basing a children’s book. Then in her teens she completed several photojournalism assignments abroad of her own, through children’s organizations such as Compassion and other orphan relief agencies. My First Ballet Class is her third children’s book to photograph. Her own experiences as a child model have taught her that you can’t capture the magic of childhood unless the subjects are free to truly be themselves.

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