Over in the Meadow at the Big Balletby Lisa Shulman, Sarah Massini (Illustrator)
The annual ballet is coming up, and everyone in the meadow is getting ready. The frogs are practicing their pliés, the hedgehogs are sewing costumes, and the rabbits and fluffy-tailed squirrels are busy painting the sets. Trouble is, the little swan with the starring role isn't quite sure she's ready for the stage. But with the help of her teacher, Miss Faye, the nervous swan spends every spare minute rehearsingand when her moment in the spotlight finally arrives, a star is born.
This fresh spin on the classic rhyme will leave every young dancer yearning for a chance to shine.
PreS - K - Using the familiar framework of the classic poem's lilting verse, the author depicts a young swan's experience as the solo ballerina in a grand dance performance, led by Miss Faye, a cat who is her ballet teacher. All of the meadow creatures-frogs, hedgehogs, squirrels, and geese-come together to erect scenery, practice, sew costumes, and dance to the animal orchestra. The timid swan, who has worried and practiced all week, does beautifully, upheld by the encouragement of Miss Faye, and the outdoor show under the lights comes to a satisfying conclusion. Both text and illustrations capture perfectly the excitement and nervousness of putting on a production. The jewel-toned artwork done in ink, acrylic, and oil is energetic and endearing. Although not a necessary purchase, young ballerinas will take this title to heart and be entertained.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LACopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.26(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Lisa Shulman lives in northern California.
Sarah Massini lives in England.
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This is one of those books we picked up at the library years ago. It is a gem. We've checked it out numerous times. Tonight my daughter read it for the first time. We're buying it for her...it's just one of those books that will make a wonderful keepsake. It's a great story. Love the rhyming and cadence of the story, as well as the moral.