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Thursday 9 March 2017

Review: Where's the Ballerina?

This is the perfect book for every little ballerina! Featuring 10 of the world's best loved ballets, the structure of the book means that it has something to offer to everyone from toddlers in tutus to the committed pre-teen dancer.

At the simplest level, the very young can hunt for the classical ballerina in her elegant white tutu in detailed 'Where's Wally?'–type spreads.

Slightly older children can read a short summary of each ballet's story before following a more detailed version laid out over two pages as a simple illustrated narrative. They can then find additional characters from each particular ballet in the corresponding 'Where's the ballerina?' scene. (And if it gets too frustrating, the answers are given at the back of the book!)

My own wannabe dancer couldn't put this book down. From Swan Lake to The Nutcracker, Cinderella to Giselle, it's a glorious introduction to the magical world of ballet that will both entertain and inspire.

Title: Where's the Ballerina?
Author: Anna Claybourne
Illustrator: Abigail Goh
Publisher: Ivy Kids, $19.99
Publication Date: February 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781782404507
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book