As you might know, we are rabid ballet enthusiasts around here and did a whole week celebrating children’s books about black ballerinas recently. To keep with the ballerina theme, let’s take a look at the delightful new Little Golden Book® I’m a Ballerina! (Little Golden Book) by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Joey Chou.
The book centers on a little girl taking her first ballet class. The reader learns the classic five positions and is introduced to some ballet terms such as plié, chassé, and petit jeté. Eventually the little ballerina goes to her first dance recital. How will it turn out?
Targeting the 2-to-5 year-old age range is totally appropriate because many children start ballet lessons at a young age. Although the book does focus on girls, the illustrations portray a diversity of girls in the classes.
One of the best parts about reviewing books by Sue Fliess is that they always have entertaining and informative book trailers, like this one.
Know a child who is going to start learning to dance soon? I’m a Ballerina! is a perfect way to let him or her know what to expect. It will also inspire little ballerinas to keep practicing.
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Series: Little Golden Book
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Golden Books (July 14, 2015)
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