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Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic Paperback – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Sugar Plum Ballerinas (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786852607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786852604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—Alexandrea has just moved from small-town Georgia to New York City's Harlem where her mother hopes to launch a costume-making business. The nine-year-old feels like she's in another world, except that Mama is still forcing her to take ballet, even though Alex dreams of becoming a speed skater like her idol Phoebe Fitz. The first day of class is made even worse, since her mother forces her to wear a wild creation—a tutu resembling a "pink puff pastry." When Alex is randomly assigned the coveted role of Sugar Plum Fairy in the school's summer performance, she is terrified and shunned by the other dancers. Practice doesn't help, and she seriously considers giving up the part. However, after seeing Phoebe Fitz on television talking about the importance of ballet, Alex determines to try her best. She enlists the help of other students, and as the girls progress with the dance moves, so do their friendships. Alex's voice is full of wit and determination. This fun easy chapter book develops at a good pace and creates a bit of tension and anticipation as readers follow Alex's efforts. Themes of self-confidence and the potential to achieve whatever you set your mind to are neatly woven into the story. Occasional spot art shows Alex and her new friends.—Bethany A. Lafferty, Las Vegas-Clark County Library, NV
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From Booklist

Moving is never easy, but for Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson, the move from a small southern town to Harlem is unbearable. Al’s mother wants to try her hand at costume designs for New York City theaters, and she wants Al to become a ballet dancer—not, as Al wishes, a speed skater. Soon Al finds herself in the classroom at the Nutcracker School of Ballet, reluctantly wearing one of her mother’s embarrassing creations. Al’s winning personality leads her to make a few friends, but just as things seem to be getting better she courts jealousy by being cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the annual performance of The Nutcracker. Eventually, friendship, lots of practice, and ingenuity help Al overcome serious stage fright and clumsiness to give an unforgettable performance. Those looking for Goldberg’s trademark sass and attitude will not find it here: this first book in a planned series earnestly addresses the effects of moving, making friends, and settling into a new routine. Grades 3-5. --Bina Williams

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I read this book with my 5 year old daughter.
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My daughter absolutely loves this series and we can't wait for the next book to come out!
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This series of books are excellent reading for young ballerinas.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bookfan on November 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book. The story is engaging and believable, the characters are fully fleshed out, and the illustrations are terrific. Kids will relate to Alexandrea's struggles to adapt to her new life in Harlem, and her efforts to deal with her well-meaning stage mother. Funny and heartwarming, I really cared what happened to Alexandrea and her mother, and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Kudos to Goldberg and her coauthor Deborah Underwood for creating a world kids will want to come back to over and over again!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Stout on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
We got this book as a gift and I have been reading it aloud to my 10 year old boy and 6 year old girl. They love it and can't wait for the next installment to come out next spring! A wonderful, innovative story that is very "real" with a main character that tinged with just the right amount of scarcasm. Tempo is good and the imagery is descriptive enough for those getting used to hearing chapter books aloud.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Colgan on December 16, 2008
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I learned about this book, authored by Whoopie Goldberg, while the
watching the "View" and decided to give it a try.
This is a wonderful story that my granddaughter just loves. She is now four, knows the characters by name and though she can read some, asks me to read from the book all the time.
Mike Colgan
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Loves those books VINE VOICE on April 13, 2009
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I read this book with my 5 year old daughter. It was a fun easy read, her first chapter book. It had just enough pictures to keep her interested while at the same time introducing her to the way chapter books work. The characters were all very relatable, they even brought me back to younger days and all the struggles and feelings girls feel when growing up. We can't wait for the next installment to come out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tjow on November 3, 2010
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I bought the first two books of this wonderful series before my daughter actually started reading a couple years ago. Now that she is in the first grade, this series has helped to give her an excitement for reading that I had when I was young reading Judy Blume. Hurray Ms. Whoopi for giving us some books for our little girls to see themselves in. The Sugar Plum Sisters are a very recognizable group of young girls with real life issues. My daughter absolutely loves this series and we can't wait for the next book to come out! The stories are wonderful and believable. Definitely food for thought for young minds. If you don't have any children of your own, please consider buying for someone elses' child!! You are the best Ms. Whoopi and thank you AGAIN!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E.A. Poe on January 6, 2009
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There are many kids' books out there about ballerina wannabes, but this one, by Whoopi Goldberg and Deborah Underwood, features an interesting twist--the girl in question would really much rather skate, but is pushed into ballet by her mother. Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson, despite her name, is not at all the tutu and leotard type, but reluctantly agrees to give ballet school a try after she moves with her single mother from Georgia to New York City.
It's very difficult at first, but with the help of her mother and friends she gradually comes to improve at and enjoy ballet, along the way giving an unexpected boost to her mother's career. Should appeal to many preteen girls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lsas on January 9, 2009
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My daughter received this book for Christmas. She is six years old and we are reading it together. It is so good. It reminds me of being a kid growing up. The kids in the book tease each other and my daughter and I talk about the book. My daughter does not like to practice reading. However, she laughed out loud at Brenda talking backward and Tiara girl highmindedness. It is the first time since she has begun reading that she has been excited about a book.

I would never have bought a book written by a celebrity. However, I am grateful that someone did and gifted us with this book. It is a true gem for young girls.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna J. Pangle on December 2, 2008
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This is an excellent book for a young girl. It teaches self-confidence and helps understand that everyone is different, but also very much alike.
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