Ballerina Gets Ready

Ballerina Gets Ready


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A day in the life of a ballerina-- hard work, beautiful costumes, and of course, dance!

Tonight Iris will take the stage in her new ballet, but she has a long day planned before then. She wakes up early and heads to the theater, where she has classes, costume fittings and rehearsals. With a break for lunch and an unexpected change in partners, soon enough it's almost show time.

At half an hour to curtain Iris gets her shoes ready and does a few chainés. The musicians tune their instruments as the stage manager calls for places. At 8:00 the curtain rises . . . and the dancing begins!

Illustrated in glowing watercolors, Ballerina Gets Ready is a peek behind the curtain at the life of a professional ballet dancer and the passion that drives her hard work.  Written by accomplished ballerina Allegra Kent, this picture book is perfect for aspiring dancers and curious young readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823437658
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/30/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Allegra Kent was one of the New York City Ballet's most celebrated ballerinas, dancing many roles created for her by George Balanchine. Her first children's book was Ballerina Swan. She lives in New York City.

Catherine Stock has illustrated many picture books, including A Porc in New York and A Spree in Paree, which was one of Time Magazine's Ten Best Children's Books of the Year. Born in Sweden, she now lives in France.

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Yvonne_M More than 1 year ago
Wow…being a ballerina is a lot of hard work! Ballerina Gets Ready walks the reader through a ballerina’s entire day of preparation for a ballet performance. The story line and beautiful watercolor illustrations naturally appeal to young dancers. As a primary teacher, I see many possible teaching points: * writing a personal narrative. * generating writing ideas for students that take dance lessons. * elapse time (Iris’s day is documented through the use of specific times). * using more advance punctuation in writing (-, :, …). * healthy eating habits. * theme (determination - to excel you need to practice A LOT). * dealing with the unexpected. * using some of the ballet poses for brain breaks with students. * working as a team. Kent and Stock together build the excitement for the show to begin and on the very last page they eloquently end in the moment with one simple line, “The magic begins.”