by Joan Holub
illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Random House | 2012
Step Into Reading | Step 1: Ready to Read
"Ballet show today - hooray!" Follow along as a group of young dancers prepares for and executes a performance. Their excitement is contagious, and for a short book, Ballet Stars covers a surprising scope of information. From tutus and turns to the audience and applause, there is much here for young ballet enthusiasts to explore and discuss.
True to the publishers description, this Step Into Reading Step 1: Ready to Read book has big type, rhyme and rhythm, and plenty of picture clues to aid beginning readers. A few of the words might be difficult to sound out (ballet, hooray), but overall new readers, especially those with an interest in dance, will find this a motivating read.
This book has been nominated for the 2012 Cybils Awards
in the Easy Reader/Early Chapter Book category. I am a first-round
panelist in this category, but this review reflects my opinions only,
not those of any other panelist, or the panel as a whole. Ballet Stars was borrowed from my local public library.