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BRONTORINA

Author: James Howe

Illustrator: Randy Cecil

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Brontorina Apatosaurus is a ballerina whose dream it is to dance. She joins Madame Lucille's Dance Academy but runs into a very large problem. She's got the drive and the shoes, but will she and Madame Lucille be able to find a studio big enough to hold her and her talent? Humor, compassion, and creative thinking are the core of this picture book for young audiences.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with children ages 2 and 4.

Young Reader Reaction: I initially selected Bronterina but they asked for it a lot. My kds really enjoyed it. Since the story combined two of my daughter's favorite subjects: dinosaurs and ballet, I knew this book would be a success. There are some sillier parts in the book which went over very well.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is one of those books I did not get tired of reading. The illustrations are beautiful and the narrative is sweet and funny. There are several asides in the book in the form of conversation bubbles or jokes in the illustrations which kept it entertaining for me as well.

Pros: Bravo! So many pros for this book: the story, the protagonist Brontorina, the overall theme of the book, and the beautiful illustrations.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is one of those standalone books that kids can return to over again. The dual theme of dinosaurs and ballet ensure that it is attractive to and in line with many kids' interests.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LITTLE BALLET STAR   NO T REX IN THE LIBRARY   WE'RE ALL DIFFERENT BUT WE'RE ALL KITTY CATS, FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Educational Themes: That everyone should be able to do what they love was attractive to me as a parent and serves as a helpful way to teach children not to be afraid to follow their dreams, despite setbacks.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, performing arts, life lessons, dinosaurs

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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