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Emma and Julia Love Ballet Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1-McClintock takes a turn from folk and fairy tales to share a sweet story of an aspiring ballerina and her professional counterpart. Emma, a young red-haired girl, gets ready for dance class and excitedly prepares for her first trip to the ballet. On mirroring pages is the story of Julia, a woman of color and professional ballerina, who goes through her day in the city preparing for her lead role in the evening's performance. As their days both come to an end at the theater, the opposing pages blend into one cohesive story and Emma and Julia meet backstage for a hug and an autograph and to express their love of dancing. Young readers interested in ballet will appreciate the glimpse into the life of a ballerina. The seemingly insignificant details of Julia's everyday life paint a picture of her as a real person, and the parallels to Emma's routine further encourage young dancers to see themselves in both of these characters. The story line is simple, the language straightforward and repetitive, further emphasizing the similarities in the lives of the two characters. The pen and watercolor illustrations are expressive and bright, the characters warm and emotive. McClintock makes effective use of white space and leaves the full-color spreads to the dramatic scenes of the performance hall and stage, where Emma and Julia's stories converge. VERDICT An informative and heartwarming selection about the lives of ballerinas of different ages.-Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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I love the attention to detail in the drawings, where characters of different shapes, races, and genders appear without needless commentary. I love seeing the father seamlessly engaging in the kind of parenting seldom seen in children's books, cooking meals, doing homework with his daughter, etc.
I love the juxtaposition of a young dancer with an older dancer.
I strongly recommend this book. It's one you'll want to own rather than check out at the library.