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Summary: Written for a child reader, this book explains the elements of ballet, from dance steps and practice to costumes and performance. This is a fact-based book with information about the history and elements of ballet.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, transitional reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Reading Level: 4
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter found the book fascinating and asked us to re-read several of the pages. Although she didn't want to read the book again, she regaled us with ballet after dinner for several nights and reminded us about what she learned in the book.
Adult Reader Reaction: We learned something, too. The book seems boring to us to read aloud together, but it isn't written for us! This will be fun to share again when our ballerina is reading more on her own. We previewed the Internet links and found the wealth of information fascinating. Still, we decided they were beyond our daughter's interest right now (e.g., biographies of famous choreographers).
Pros: Ballerinas and non-dancers will find this book interesting. It is a perfect starting place for a research paper on the subject.
Cons: The Internet links are far more sophisticated than the book's presentation and definitely more suited to the upper end of this target audience range.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, unless you have a serious ballerina in your house.