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Becoming a Ballerina

A Nutcracker Story

Lise Friedman - Author

Mary Dowdle - Photographer

Mary Dowdle - Illustrator

Hardcover | $18.99 | add to cart | view cart
ISBN 9780670013920 | 48 pages | 11 Oct 2012 | Viking Children's | 9.25 x 6.25in | 7 - 9 years
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The perfect holiday gift for every young ballet fan

Go backstage at the ballet with real-life thirteen-year-old dancer Fiona. Dozens of gorgeous, full-color photographs welcome readers into Fiona's world, as she goes from auditions, to rehearsals, to opening night playing Clara, the lead child's role in Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. Experience the nerves, the hard work, and ultimately the thrill of performing on the big stage with a professional company. This is a beautiful holiday gift that young dancers will cherish all year round.


"A feast for the eye for all readers. . . . Ballet lovers will relish the behind-the-scenes look at this land of enchantment." — Kirkus Reviews


"A fascinating book for young ballet students and a fresh introduction to that perennial favorite, The Nutcracker." — Booklist


"Ballet lovers and wannabe performers will enjoy this backstage look at a young dancer’s journey . . . A lively look at a production for aspiring dancers."
School Library Journal


"Friedman . . . has an endless store of delicious details and insights. Dowdle’s photographs, the result of extraordinary access to the production, immerse readers in the hard work of rehearsals and backstage life." — Publishers Weekly


"Young dancers will be entranced by the fascinating details of rehearsals, costuming, and staging, while Nutcracker fans will treasure this intimate view of a beloved holiday tradition." — The Horn Book



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