Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Picture Books

Australian Writer & Illustrator
Simon Milne, illustrated by Chantal Stewart
The Dance Teacher
Allen & Unwin 2013   $29.99hb  158 pages
ISBN 978 1 7433 1331 2

Themes: Ballet classes/ Five positions – ballet/ Teachers

Miss Sylvie was a lithe young ballerina but has now given up her career on the stage to share her passion for ballet with the children of the city. One of her special pupils is Isabelle who also loves to dance and who practises the five positions over and over again. It is Isabelle who we follow through the story as she matures from a rather bumble footed little girl to the wonderful day she goes up on Pointe for the first time and finally– on to a teaching career of her own. The detailed illustrations, which are in subtle pastel colours, and the text are perfectly matched and this will be a book to bring great pleasure to all ballet minded  children. There are plenty of small boys in the images – especially in those showing the Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap classes.
The book was published yesterday - August 26th 2013

Year 1 up/ Age 5 up

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