Format: Board Book
Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This larger sized board book introduces children to 8 famous ballets and includes little 10 second excerpts of the music from the ballet. Each ballet is introduced with its origins and the composer’s name, followed by a short synopsis of the plot. The brightly colored Disney-esque illustrations capture scenes from the ballet. The ballets included are: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Afternoon of a Faun, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Romeo and Juliet. The sound buttons bring to life the excerpts with full orchestra sound and the battery is replaceable. This is a charming way to introduce very young children to the world of ballet and classical music.
Anything you didn’t like about it?
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a nice choice for introducing very young children to ballet and classical music. Little balletomanes will love it!
Who should buy this book? This would be more of a gift book as most libraries do not collect books that have sound buttons.
Where would you shelf it? Board Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 11/19/17