Rosie's Ballet Slippers

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Rosie's off to her ballet lesson in her beautiful pink slippers.And it's a day she'll never forget She learns the basic positions. She learns to point her toes like a sharp pencil, and hold her hands like a ballerina. She learns how to plie, saute, and curtsey. But best of all, she learns how much fun ballet can be Rosie dreams of being a ballerina one day. So when her mother buys her the prettiest pair of pale pink ballet slippers she' s ever seen, she can hardly wait for her first lesson. The big day finally arrives and Rosie meets Madame, Miss Melody (who plays the piano), and her new classmates Tommy, Sally, Chuck, Rani, and Rudolph. Although they do their best to follow along as Madame teaches them to point their toes, plie, and saute, sometimes their excitement gets the better of them. By the final curtsy, Rosie already feels like a real ballerina. Maria Teresa Meloni' s extraordinary illustrations convey all the joyous excitement of a little girl's first ballet lesson, as Rosie and her friends seem to dance off the pages. 1996 ' Pick of the Lists' (ABA)

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About the Author:

Susan Hampshire is a well-known actress and writer in England. She has just been awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to the theater. She lives in London, England.

Maria Teresa Meloni is the illustrator of Old Father Christmas by Berlie Doherty. She lives in Baltimore, MD.

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Meloni's luminous portraits of exuberant children entice readers into this sweet and spirited picture book about a girl's first ballet lesson. Outfitted in her brand-new pink slippers and leotard, Rosie joins a diverse, multicultural class of eager boys and girls as they learn sautes and plies under the watchful eye of Madame. By lesson's end, Rosie has learned many ballet basics and, more importantly, had a great time. Hampshire, a British author and actress who trained as a dancer, plays up the joy of movement in her kid-like descriptions of dance positions and steps. Students point their toes "like sharp pencils," hold their skirts out "like butterflies" and stand with backs "straight as ironing boards." Skipping, jumping and "dancing like animals" are also part of Madame's fun-filled methods. Meloni's (Old Father Christmas) illustrations skillfully capture the text's playful mood and the children's boisterous energy, as well as a few tender scenes of what appears to be grace-in-progress. Young readers will take away a healthy dollop of nuts-and-bolts ballet terminology and intensified enthusiasm for dance. Ages 4-7.
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