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Time for Ballet Hardcover – March 30, 2004

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PreSchool-Grade 2--Six girls and one boy at ballet school get changed, do their warm-up exercises, and practice for their recital. Tilly describes how she then goes home to practice being a "leapy cat, a curled-up-to-sleepy cat, a stretchy cat, a pounce-on-a-mousey cat." On the day of the show, Mom helps her dress up in her costume and, in spite of a little case of nerves, she is wonderful on stage. The audience is appropriately enthusiastic and Tilly eagerly looks forward to her next class. As much about movement as ballet, this warm story aptly conveys a child's love of dance. The soft watercolor art with lots of white space showcases the youngsters who are eager if not yet accomplished. This delightful offering is a lovely way to introduce children to the joys of moving to music while helping them overcome pre-performance jitters.--Susan Pine, New York Public Library
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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 2. A real charmer for young ballet dancers, this picture book shows the day-to-day work of a beginning dancer as well as the pleasure of a successful performance. Tilly, who looks about five years old, joins her fellow dance students in dressing for class and practicing the five positions, curtsies and bows, plies and jetes, and moving like butterflies and dinosaurs. At home during the week, Tilly practices her part for an upcoming show: "a leapy cat, a curled-up-to-sleepy cat, a stretchy cat / a pounce-on-a-mousey cat." On the day of the performance, the children don their costumes, feel a little nervous, and dance their best before an appreciative audience of their families. Tilly narrates in a fresh, childlike voice as the pictures offer an appealing look at her world. Well-observed details of everyday life create a sense of realism, and the artist's affection for her subject shines through in the warm colors and appealing drawings. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729780
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Jerusalem in 1944 and educated at Roedean School, Brighton and St Hilda's college, Oxford.
I've been writing books for children and young adults since 1976 and have published more than 90 titles.
I've also written four adult novels, published by Orion Books.
My website is at

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Time for Ballet is my daughters favorite book since she first checked it out from the library. We checked it out so often that I finally purchased it for her birthday. She loves the story and pictures of a girl who loves dancing as much as herself! I recommend this book to anyone who knows a dancing princess!
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My daughter loves this book. We have checked it out at least 10 times from the local library. It is by far her favorite ballet book. We started reading it when she was three, and she's still asking for it now when she's almost five.
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