- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (October 12, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394408853
- ISBN-13: 978-0394408859
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Very Young Dancer Hardcover – October 12, 1976
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The original Jill Krementz books, like this one, were printed in black and white. A few later books ("A Very Young Skier") are in full color. But while the color photos look more contemporary and appealing, the later books are "dumbed down" - the text is very short, more like picture captions than narrative.
For the wonderful sense of detail you need the classic titles like "A Very Young Dancer." They make a dancer's life so real, a young reader can easily picture herself (or himself) doing the same. And that's the real power of this series: instead of being a passive spectator, the young reader becomes a participant. My daughter is now dancing in The Nutcracker for her ninth (and last) year. I think "A Very Young Dancer" was a big help along the way.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. A Very Young Dancer was one of her picks.
This is a story of a girl, Stephanie, who has the starring girl's role in The Nutcracker at age 10. The book is full of wonderful photographs that show ballet as it is experienced by the dancers. The story is written as though by Stephanie, so you see the world from her perspective.
My daughter loved this story so much, that she would beg me to keep reading. I would keep going until my voice was so hoarse I could not continue. And I loved the story, too.
Almost all little girls become interested in ballet at some point. This book is a wonderful way to encourage and expand on that interest while your child is too young to actually begin training. The material in this book can help sustain an interest in ballet later on, either as a dancer or as a fan. It will certainly encourage everyone who reads it to see The Nutcracker performed again this holiday season.
Although the story is focused on Stephanie, she also dances with eleven year old Stephen in The Nutcracker. Other male figures include Shaun O'Brien who plays Drosselmeyer and Stephanie's teacher, David Richardson.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This books isn't going to be very exciting for girls who don't love ballet, because it's very dated. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Natalie
Jill Krementz captures the magic of the thrill of being Clara in the Nutcracker in NYC.Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Braden
Thank You- I loved this book as a child and was very happy to get another one.Published 14 months ago by Donna LaRose
Thios beautiful book of photos and personal story of a young ballerina is dearly loved in our family, both by the older generation and the new young dancers.Published 18 months ago by Beverly Enderlein
Katie did not like it initially because it was hot in color but grew to enjoy learning about young girls who are serious dance students.Published on June 21, 2013 by Anne Flora
I am currently 44 years old and own a dance school. We produce the Nutcracker every year.... and my mother gave me this book YEARS ago when I was a child. Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Tracy
Prompt and in good condition. My 4 year old grand niece loved the book so much she took it to bed with her.Published on July 1, 2012 by Fanny Price
I read this book about 500 times as a child. I just came across it at my parents house and my 6 year old daughter is devouring it right now. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by TN Mom