Monday, November 24, 2014

Becoming a Ballerina: A Nutcracker Story by Lise Friedman and Mary Dowdle

Becoming a Ballerina: A Nutcracker Story
by Lise Friedman and Mary Dowdle
48 pages
Non-Fiction Picture Book
Viking Juvenile
October 2012

Book Jacket Summary
The perfect holiday gift for every young ballet fan

Go backstage at the ballet with real-life thirteen-year-old dancer Fiona. Dozens of gorgeous, full-color photographs welcome readers into Fiona's world, as she goes from auditions, to rehearsals, to opening night playing Clara, the lead child's role in Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. Experience the nerves, the hard work, and ultimately the thrill of performing on the big stage with a professional company. This is a beautiful holiday gift that young dancers will cherish all year round.

My Thoughts
It was always a dream of mine to be Clara in the Nutcracker. I loved the Baryshnikov they showed every year and Clara was amazing. Well, I never had my dream fulfilled but Fiona does in Becoming a Ballerina: A Nutcracker Story. She auditions, trains, and performs in the Nutcracker. The book takes you through step by toe step. 
The book is filled with pictures of the ballet and Fiona practicing. Any little girl with the dream of dancing will catch the excitement as the day of the performance comes up and Fiona is ready for her time to shine. I do wish they had added a glossary of terms for those not familiar with ballet. It can be difficult to read for those really young but older children around seven will love it. They will learn how much practice it takes to perform and how kids their age can have goals for the future. Very cute and would make a cute addition to the reading list this time of year. I know the Nutcracker starts early this time of year and I will be going in December.    

Book Pairings
The Nutcracker by
 I Am a Ballerina by Valerie Coulman
 Dancing in the Wings by Gordon R. Dickson 


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