T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet

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Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbons, stretching exercises at the barre - these are all familiar images when one is thinking of ballet. But there's much more to this historic dance form than pink tulle. There's hard work with years of study. Following the alphabet, in T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet dancer Sonia Rodriguez, with husband Kurt Browning, introduces this dance form from its beginnings at the court of Louis XIV to basic positions and training to famous stage roles. L is for the Leotard that ...
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Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbons, stretching exercises at the barre - these are all familiar images when one is thinking of ballet. But there's much more to this historic dance form than pink tulle. There's hard work with years of study. Following the alphabet, in T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet dancer Sonia Rodriguez, with husband Kurt Browning, introduces this dance form from its beginnings at the court of Louis XIV to basic positions and training to famous stage roles. L is for the Leotard that shows the dancer's form. Whenever they are rehearsing it becomes their uniform. Young readers will find themselves pointing their toes, practicing the five positions, and dreaming of being onstage as a sugarplum fairy or a king with a crown. Sonia Rodriguez has been the Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada since 2000. Her husband, Kurt Browning, is a four-time world champion figure skater. Kurt is also the author of A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. They live in Toronto, Ontario.Known for his fluid movement and confidence on the ice, four-time world champion figure skater Kurt Browning spins, jumps, and glides his way through the alphabet with A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. Kurt was the first figure skater to be named as Canada's outstanding male athlete, was honored by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 greatest sports figures from Canada, and is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Completing the first quadruple jump in competition earned Kurt his way into the Guinness Book of Records. Kurt presently skates professionally with Stars on Ice and lives in Toronto with his wife and son. Wilson Ong went to Brigham Young University, receiving a B.F.A. in painting and drawing. He furthered his studies at the Art Students' League in New York City. He lives in Corning, New York.
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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Anybody can dance; it doesn't take any special training to move to a beat and enjoy the music. But professional dancers, and especially professional ballet dancers, require years of training and study and the rewards for that dedication are rich. Rodriguez and Browning have written twenty-six simple poems that highlight the basics of ballet, including ballet steps, training and classes as well as prominent teachers and dancers throughout the world. While the poems are cute and informative, the true treasure of this short book is in the history of ballet provided in the sidebars. Each sidebar corresponds to the topic of the poem and provides tremendous depth to this brief text. The illustrations are rendered in watercolor and show dancers in a way that complements both the poem and the sidebar. This fun, brief text is recommended for children just learning their alphabet and for anyone who enjoys ballet or any type of dance. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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K-Gr 3—For each letter of the alphabet, a brief rhyme introduces a word and explains how it relates to ballet. Also included is a sidebar that elaborates on the chosen term and its relationship to dancing. Children are introduced to some specific terms, such Agrippina Vaganova, pointe shoes, Giselle, and The Nutcracker, as well as general words such as stretching, warm up, universal language, and king. It is curious that despite the title of the book, the letter T is "for the theater." Y is for "the yellow tutu you adore" but in the illustration all of the dancers are in bluish above-the-knee costumes. The rhyme for "B for ballet" sends a stereotypical message emphasizing that for girls it is about "pretty pink tutus and flowers in their hair" and for boys it is about growing strong and jumping high. The illustrations are realistic with a subtle palette that aptly captures the many dimensions and perspectives of the ballet world from intimate moments as a young dancer nurses an injury to the grand drama on the stage. Although the book has some nice moments and good information, it might have limited appeal.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585363124
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Sports Alphabet
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 473,487
  • Lexile: NC1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

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    This man is a very talented writer but he writes books about the hardships of his life as a gangbanger. Y the sudden change?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Beautifully written and illustrated!

    Contrary to the Editorial Reviewer's opinion I found this book to be exceptionally beautiful and well written. I read it with a 13 year old male dancer who was impressed as well. It is more than a stereotypical depiction of little girls and ballet. As the mother of a ballet dancer I especially related to the "I is for injury..." as this book portrays some of the real depictions of ballet. I would recommend it for young want to be ballet dancers, any dancer and lovers of dance, male and female!

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