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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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