Monday, December 1, 2008

Nonfiction Monday: Not Just Tutus by Rachel Isadora

Isadora's charming illustrations show the hard work and pain behind the magic on stage of the ballet. The rhyme scheme is a little forced at times, but the pictures and story are well-matched, showing various children working their way through blisters, upset stomachs, initial clumsiness, and badly-timed bathroom breaks to come together in a delightful performance.

Verdict: This older ballet title is well worth digging out if you have aspiring ballerinas in your family or amongst your patrons.

ISBN: 978-0399236037; Published February 2003 by Putnam; Borrowed from the library

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