My First Ballet (My First Music Book) – Natacha Godeau, illustrations by Christelle Galloux

    My First Ballet (My First Music Book) – Natacha Godeau, illustrations by Christelle Galloux, Auzou, (9782733852453), 2017

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            

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