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Title:
My ballet book
Author:
Castle, Kate.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 1998.
Physical Description:
61 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Introduces the world of ballet and presents its notable stories, dancers, techniques, and routines.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789434326
Format :
Book

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Introduces the world of ballet and presents its notable stories, dancers, techniques, and routines.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. This large-format book provides an introduction to many aspects of ballet. Each double-page spread offers a combination of a brief text, relatively long captions, and many colorful photographs of dancers and others involved in the ballet world. Some of the photos have the signature DK look of clearly presented figures cut out and cleanly silhouetted against white pages, while other shots include the backgrounds of the photographs. Featured topics include the basic positions, barre work, mime, backstage, costuming, makeup, ballet history, and famous composers, choreographers, dancers, and partners. The broad range of the subject and the heavy use of illustrations allow for little depth, but children enamored of ballet will enjoy browsing though the book. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6‘Young balletomanes will pore over every detail of this colorful volume. Every highly visual two-page spread covers a different topic from basic positions to dressing for dance to life at ballet school to historical periods in ballet. However, the organization is not chronological. The book succeeds more as a browsing item than as a "how-to" or research tool because it tries to cover an enormous amount of material in a limited space. As in Darcey Bussell's The Young Dancer (DK, 1994), this book is copiously illustrated with photographs reflecting all manner of details about the art form. While most of the photos are excellent, some of the older pictures of classic moments in ballet are quite grainy and the dancers are not always identified. A list of ballet companies to contact is appended. Libraries owning Castle's nearly identical Ballet (Kingfisher, 1996) may not need to purchase this one. Although it is not as emotionally satisfying as Jill Krementz's A Very Young Dancer (Knopf, 1976; o.p.), it will be popular without a doubt.‘Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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