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 :)