As stated in my first A-to-Z post, I intend to continue my usual posts while keeping to the letter of the day. So today, F is for the picture book entitled First Ballet. (And there is a bonus book, as well!) Click to read more…

 

 

Title: First Ballet

Author: Deanna Caswell

Illustrator:  Elizabeth Matthews

Publisher: New York: Disney Hyperion, 2009.

Genre: Picture book, fiction

Audience Age: ages 4-8

Theme: ballet, attending first ballet, dreaming of being a dancer

Opening Sentences: Sun sets, Shoes shine. Sunday best. Stand in line. Hands entwined in the cold. First ballet. Five years old.

Synopsis: A grandmother takes a five-year-old girl (who is never named) to the theatre where she experiences her first ballet and is captivated. Sparse rhyming text provides a nice counterpoint to the vivid illustrations.

Activities/Resources: The New York City Ballet has a section for kids on its website, including crosswords, word games, coloring pages, and lots of information.  There are also teaching activities such as a 3rd and 4th grade lesson plan about the Nutcracker ballet.

First School Years, a UK site, has lesson plans for introducing dance to children.

Availability: Out of Print, despite being relatively recent.

Every Friday, bloggers join together to share picture book reviews and resources, thanks to author Susanna Leonard Hill’s brainchild, “Perfect Picture Book Fridays.” Susanna then adds the books (and links to the reviews) to a comprehensive listing by subject on her blog. Find the entire listing at her “Perfect Picture Books.”

 

BONUS since the book above is Out of Print

 

Title: My First Ballet Class

Author: Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Illustrator:  photographs by Leyah Jensen

Publisher: New York: Little Simon, 2011.

Genre: Cross between board book and picture book, fiction

Audience Age: ages 3-5

Theme: ballet, first ballet class

Opening Sentences: It’s my very first ballet class. I’m all dressed and ready to go.

Synopsis: Photographs with watercolor embellishments take us through a first ballet class with one small girl and her friends. Foldout pages (glossy cardstock) reveal simple instructions for ballet steps.

Activities/Resources: PreSchool Rock suggests a ballet party theme.

Fun Lesson Plans offers a preschool/kindergarten lesson plan about The Nutcracker.

The Pennsylvania Ballet also has a preschool activity book about The Nutcracker.

Availability: Readily available in hardcover.

Every Friday, bloggers join together to share picture book reviews and resources, thanks to author Susanna Leonard Hill’s brainchild, “Perfect Picture Book Fridays.” Susanna then adds the books (and links to the reviews) to a comprehensive listing by subject on her blog. Find the entire listing at her “Perfect Picture Books.”

 

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