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Author: Adele Geras

Illustrator: Shelagh McNicholas

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Publisher: The Penguin Group, 2007

Material: hard cover

Summary: Tilly is going to the ballet. It's a special birthday present. Before the show, she gets to go backstage, where she enjoys getting all dressed up and seeing where the ballet dancers get ready. At the end of the ballet, she gets to go up on stage and dance. This a picture book that introduces ballet from behind stage to the audience.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 3.1

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Even though she picked this out at the library - and liked it - my daughter didn't want to read this more than once. She liked the beautiful pictures and the story. She even wanted to jump into the page and go to the ballet herself!

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed this book, and think most girls will, too. I was surprised my daughter liked the book because it was all about ballet and I did not think that would interest her. The story was really about getting a great birthday present.

Pros: This is a story about ballet, birthday surprises, and special family time. Three things little girls love.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book libraries are likely to have, as it is great for every girl to read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BALLET (Series Two - Usborne Internet-Linked Book)   OLIVIA SAVES THE CIRCUS   OPERA WORLD: An Overture For Young People

Educational Themes: In addition to the story about a little girl celebrating her birthday, you also learn about the ballet and going to the theater. The idea that sometimes dreams can come true is written at a kids level (i.e., wishes they might have themselves).

Notes: Our reviewer borrowed this book from the public library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, performing arts, birthday

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008

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