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Plum Fantastic

2761560Title: Plum Fantastic
Author: Whoopie Goldberg
Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas
Recommended for: Grade 2-4
Pages: 160
Call Number/Link:  J Gol 

Synopsis: Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson does not want to be a beautiful ballerina, and she does not want to leave her friends in Apple Creek. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop her ballet-crazy mother from moving them to Harlem, or from enrolling Al at the Nutcracker School of Ballet.

Life is hard when you’re the new ballerina on the block, and it’s even harder when you’re chosen to be the Sugar Plum Fairy in the school recital! Not only is Al a terrible dancer, but she’s also got a rotten case of stage fright! Al’s ballet classmates are going to have to use all the plum power they’ve got to coach this scary fairy!

Review: I actually really liked this book. While the ballet stuff is the foundation of the story, it’s really about making new friends, helping each other, and overcoming fears. I really liked the friendships and how they all bonded together to help Alexandrea learn her steps and perfect the routine. This would be a great book for those interested in dance or just a realistic book

The wording is still a bit on the large size with shorter chapters and illustrations here and there. Great transition books for those who need something a little harder that say rainbow fairies, but not ready for full chapter books.

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Posted by on August 15, 2016 in Juv, Realistic, Uncategorized

 

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Firebird

firebirdTitle:   Firebird:  Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird
Author:   Misty Copeland                                      Illustrator:  Christopher Myers
Series:  not applicable
Recommended for:  Everyone, second grade and up.  Especially dancers and people who love dance.
Pages:   32 pages (approximate)
Call Number/Link:  E COPELAND, M.

Rating:   ****  

 

 

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Synopsis:

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author’s note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

Comments:

I recommend that all of you read this book.  Its illustrations are striking and beautiful and the message is inspiring.  Unfortunately, the text is more poetic than direct, which could be confusing to some readers (or listeners).  I’m not sure of its child appeal, especially when kids are walking through the picture book area grabbing books that attract their attention. However, dancers and and dance fans will love it.  Both protagonists are African American so it would fit in a Black History Month display.  It could also be a good choice for Children’s Lit students and teachers who teach grades 3-12.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Juv, Realistic

 

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