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T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet
     

T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet

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by Sonia Rodriguez, Kurt Browning, Wilson Ong (Illustrator)
 

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Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbions, 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.

Young readers will find themselves pointing their toes, practicing the five positions, and dreaming of being

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Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbions, 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.

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.

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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
School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585363124
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Sports Alphabet
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
328,714
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NC1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This man is a very talented writer but he writes books about the hardships of his life as a gangbanger. Y the sudden change?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!