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If I Were a Ballerina
If I Were a Ballerina
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If I Were a Ballerina

If I were a ballerina, I would wear pointe shoes. I would stretch my legs and leap across the stage! Dream big, and see what fun it is to be a ballerina.

PublisherPicture Window Books
Age Level5-8 Years
Reading LevelGrades K-3
SubjectArt, Careers
Trim Size9 x 11
Page Count24



Booklist - Hazel Rochman

"This first book about the arts in the Dream Big! series begins with a small girl who imagines herself as a star onstage, dancing to beautiful music played by a glorious orchestra. Then the story tracks back to imagined ballet classes, where she envisions the pointed shoes she would wear and the barre exercises she would do with the other dancers before practicing at home. The simple, first-person narrative and clear, digitally enhanced color drawings partner well together, and even young preschoolers will enjoy the fun blend of the fantasy (“the audience would gasp”) and facts, including ballet’s five basic positions. Of course, the climax is her dream performance, in which she leaps across the stage in bright lights before a large crowd. The back matter includes a glossary, bibliography, and more ballet-related info." - Booklist

October 7, 2009

Library Media Connection - Mary Northrup, Reference Librarian

"Dreams of an exciting future take form in this series, where a young person imagines “What if?” Each page covers one important aspect of the job. In If I Were the President, this includes such important duties of the office as signing bills and being the Commander in Chief; it also includes flying in Air Force One and eating delicious food with heads of state. If I Were a Ballerina concentrates on the hard work and training of a dancer, so each page illuminates such activities as stretching at the barre, keeping balance, and leaping during a performance. Even though these are grownup jobs, a child is shown doing them, which would be appealing to young listeners and readers. The children portrayed in the illustrations are African American, and the multi-person scenes are ethnically diverse and include both genders. Sidebars include factual information, which provide reality to the fantasy of imagining one’s self in that job. The illustrations, colorful and sometimes humorous, add to the appeal. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

March 1, 2010

Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Thomas Kingsley Troupe has written more than 30 children's books. His book 'Legend of the Werewolf '(Picture Window Books, 2011) received a bronze medal for the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Thomas lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife and two young boys.

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