Dancing Diva (Sugar Plum Ballerinas) [NOOK Book]

Overview

This sixth volume is the grand finale of Whoopi Goldberg's New York Times best-selling chapter book series!
Epatha knows she's the perfect pick for the lead in the new Sugar Plum ballet. But her dream role isn't as fabulosa as she imagined. When she tries to spice up the choreography with her free-spirited style it's up to the rest of the Sugar Plum Ballerinas to keep Epatha's toes in line. Will Epatha listen to her friends or can she convince the other ballerinas that her way ...
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Overview

This sixth volume is the grand finale of Whoopi Goldberg's New York Times best-selling chapter book series!
Epatha knows she's the perfect pick for the lead in the new Sugar Plum ballet. But her dream role isn't as fabulosa as she imagined. When she tries to spice up the choreography with her free-spirited style it's up to the rest of the Sugar Plum Ballerinas to keep Epatha's toes in line. Will Epatha listen to her friends or can she convince the other ballerinas that her way is the best? The sixth and final book in the Sugar Plum Ballerina series is as full of fun, mischief, and friendship as ever!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
The "Sugar Plum Ballerinas" series by media star Whoopi Goldberg has captured the hearts of many young girls. In the sixth book of this popular, light hearted series about learning to dance, once again we enter the world of tutus, leaps and hopeful dreams. From the very first page, readers are introduced to foreign ballet terms, and young, would-be dancers whose names reflect their multicultural households. The leading character, Epatha, narrates the story of her love of dance and dreams of performance success. We meet her friends who attend dance classes, and her caring teachers and family. Epatha has two grandmothers both living in her home but from different cultural backgrounds. They often provide part of the stress as well as the humor as they compete for Epatha's affection. Everyone becomes very excited when Epatha gains the opportunity to audition for a special public performance. As the plot unfolds, each surprising turn of events forces Epatha to make some difficult decisions. She is torn between wanting to display her creativity or to step back and be just in the chorus of background dancers. Though the results are not always what she desires, Epatha and her friends learn some very important lessons which will carry into their future. Goldberg allows readers to struggle with the different feelings Epatha has. In this way readers may put themselves into her position and decide for themselves if Epatha is right or wrong. The vocabulary in the book may be a bit of a stretch for some younger readers but the basic story is easy to grasp and follow. Goldberg provides a guide for the major ballet terms but other vocabulary and expressions may require further explanation from adults. Older readers will identify with the moral dilemmas Epatha confronts which affect her friendships with other dancers. Those readers unfamiliar with what is involved to rehearse and perform as a group effort will pick up useful hints. Chapters are short and accompanied by grey and black-and-white illustrations that resemble cartoon drawings, and show off the ethnic diversity of the characters. Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned from the book is the value of friendships, in the arena of competition. Throughout the book there is a nice sprinkling of humor which captures the feeling of young girls with a dream. Epatha matures when she realizes there is more to life than being in the spotlight. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423154662
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 235,930
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is the author of the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books, as well as Whoopi's Big Book of Manners, illustrated by Olo. She has won a Tony, an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Grammy, as well as two Golden Globes. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in scores of films and in all media. Visit her and the girls at www.sugarplumballerinas.com.

Deborah Underwood's book credits include the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books, as well as Granny Gomez and Jigsaw, illustrated by Scott Magoon, and The Quiet Book and The Loud Book illustrated by Renata Liwska. Her ballet career was cut short by a tragic lack of talent, but she can sing a mean aria and knows four ukulele chords. Visit Deborah online at www.DeborahUnderwoodBooks.com.

Maryn Roos was always better at drawing ballerinas than being one. Beyond ballerinas, she has drawn everything from monsters to dancing ducks in dozens of books and several educational software programs, most recently for Imagine Learning English. Maryn lives and draws, and very rarely dances, in Provo, Utah. Find her online at www.marynroos.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Debby says gret Debby says great

    Go whoopi

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    If you love this series, but haven't read this book yet, you HAAAAAVE to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    I cant get my book back

    Hate it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

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    These books are really great- good for ages 7 to 10. What I really love is how the narration varies, which gives the story a twist. This is one of my favorites because Epatha is a character who you wonder what they are thinking. Terrible Terrel is pretty good too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    they add a lot of detles in the story which is good cause kids will start to do it.

    That sample was to long .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Dancing Diva

    This book is exiting.I have read the whole series I think this one is yhe best.Epatha has energy that enlightens the story.I reccomend this because it is a litte girls dream to be a ballerina.I me as 10 year old love the way Whoopi Goldberg wrote the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Sugar Plum Ballerinas dancing diva

    I like the book so far i did not read it but so far it is awesome.
    All the books are very good.I love all o them.I love the whole series it that is how you spell series.

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