Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Little Ballet Star

I always love it when I find the book that prompts hours of imaginative play and opens up new horizons. Little Ballet Star by Adele Geras definitely fits into this category. I picked it from the “new books” shelf in our library, because lately Anna was yearning for books with female characters in it. We read it probably 100 times in one week, and Anna asked questions about every single word she didn’t know. It’s not a short book, but it is easy to read, because each page doesn’t have a lot of text. The illustrations by Shelagh McNicholas are very pretty and graceful. I will not spoil the story for you, but in short it is about a little girl who has a very special birthday, and it has no conflict whatsoever – something that Anna really appreciates in books. I highly recommend this book to moms of girls, especially the “princess girls” who love to dance.

Two interesting things transpired after reading this book. First, Anna keeps saying that she wants to go to a dance class and she keeps “practicing” plies and curtsies that I demonstrated to her (they look rather hilarious). I have to admit that I cannot imagine my daughter progressing far in dance. She is more athletic than graceful, and her sense of rhythm leaves a lot to be desired. But still I think it would be an awesome experience to have at a young age. I investigated, and our community center offers “pre-ballet” classes for 3+ crowd, so we might sign her up for November sessions.

Secondly, Anna begs to go to a theater. Now she keeps saying that she wants to go to ballet for her birthday. Again, I investigated and our San Jose Ballet has a ballet called Coppelia coming up in October. So I have a question for my readers – have you tried to take your child to something that is not Elmo Live or such? What was their reaction? And if someone saw Coppelia, I would really appreciate your comment as well :)

8 comments:

whisperingwhispers said...

I haven't taken Selena to any large production, but we do have a children's theater that we have gone and watched which she has enjoyed. A couple of her friends are in ballet now, so we do plan on attending their recitals. I too plan on putting Selena in ballet next year.

MaryAnne said...

One thing that might be worth investigating is if the San Jose Ballet has a program where children can come to the dress rehearsal - I know several theaters do this. We take Emma and Johnny to the dress rehearsals for a local theater group. Emma always does really well - she watches the show and enjoys it and talks to us about it afterwards. She even enjoyed a Shakespeare piece they performed. Johnny is sometimes good and sometimes has to be taken out partway through the show, usually if there is violence (violence really upsets him). One play had a fight in one of the first scenes, and for the rest of the play he got upset every time the person who started the fight walked onto the stage...

Adriana said...

D has been to the movies a couple of times and did great. I really want to take him to see a live Christmas production in November. I am sure that he can handle it.

Christy said...

I plan on taking R to a few shows and the ballet soon, but we have not been to any yet. She takes dance lessons and LOVES it, so I'll look for this book.

Susana said...

I started taking Hanna to our local ballets/operas when she was about Anna's age. We started with Nutcracker, which has become a yearly tradition. This is still her favorite.

We don't go to all of them, but the ones we have gone to over the years she has loved every minute of it--even when she was 3!

S said...

Thanks for recommendation. Looks wonderful!

crazytown mama said...

i take my kids (2 1/2, 4) to see high school plays all the time and they do fine ... maybe see if there is one of those around first as a trial run? (they tend to be cheaper too so not as big an investment if it doesnt work...)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I have never taken M to the theater, nor will I in the near future - it is just not his *thing*. However, I've had friends who have taken their young daughters (3 and up) to the Nutcracker ballet around Christmas. As far as I know all went well - I think the pretty dresses and dancing hold a girl's attention a bit longer than a boy (just my opinion!).