The Duckling and the Swan (Ballet Sisters Series #1)

The Duckling and the Swan (Ballet Sisters Series #1)

by Jan Ormerod
     
 

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A beautifully illustrated early chapter book about two sisters who love ballet--now in paperback!

Little Sylvie likes to dress up and dance in the garden with her big sister. Sylvie wants to be a ballerina, too. Sylvie wants to be just like her big sister!

When an unintentional haircut leaves Sylvie's hair too short for braids, Sylvie is horrified. But big

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A beautifully illustrated early chapter book about two sisters who love ballet--now in paperback!

Little Sylvie likes to dress up and dance in the garden with her big sister. Sylvie wants to be a ballerina, too. Sylvie wants to be just like her big sister!

When an unintentional haircut leaves Sylvie's hair too short for braids, Sylvie is horrified. But big sister comes to the rescue by creating a set of braids from an old pair of tights!

New readers will delight in the funny antics of little Sylvie and in the patience of her big sister!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
In this easy reader, two sisters like to put on dress-up clothes and dance. The older girl (the swan) is a slightly bossy school-age child who takes ballet lessons. Sylvie (the duckling) admires and often imitates her, but clearly has a mind of her own. In each of three short chapters, Ormerod uses dancing as a pretext to explore the ups and downs of their relationship. The language, for the most part, is clear, concise, and descriptive-essential qualities for beginning readers. The watercolor illustrations place the girls and their mother on a clean white background, which effectively highlights the expressive detail in their faces and postures. The words and pictures work well together and depict, with subtlety and humor, the emotional life of an ordinary family.
—Rachael VilmarCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Booklist
The unnamed older sister, the story's narrator, takes ballet, and she is the swan. Younger sister, Sylvie, a dancer wannabe, is the duckling. This story, with a simple text in an easy-reader format that will attract beginning readers, follows the sisters as Sylvie tries to emulate her older sibling. Sometimes Sylvie is a willing supplicant, but sometimes she rebels. “I don't want to be an elf,” she cries to Sis, who is dressed as the fairy queen. Sometimes Sylvie's efforts to emulate her sister backfire, as when she tries to neaten up her hair like her sister's and cuts it off by mistake. (Sister makes her an adorable braid wig from panty hose.) There's no real story here, but the sisterly relationship resonates, and Ormerod's distinctive illustrations, often featuring just the two girls against a white background, are as sweet as they can be. ––Ilene Cooper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545071055
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Scholastic Reader Series: Level 2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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