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Ballerina Gets Ready
by Allegra Kent
Catherine Stock, Illustrator

Reinforced | 40 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823435630 | 01-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Time, Girl Interest, Music, Song & Theater
Recommendations: K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL.2.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 6
RL.2.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10
W.2.1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8
RF.2.3, 3d, 3e, 3f, 4, 4a, 4c
L.2.1, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 4c, 4e, 5, 5a, 6

About the Book

From the time she wakes at 8 a.m. until the curtain rises at 8 p.m., a prime ballerina's day is busy, busy, busy with classes, rehearsals and fittings, as well as meals and friendship.

Iris has a busy day before taking the stage in her ballet. She wakes up early and heads to the theater, where she has classes, costume fittings and rehearsals. With a break for lunch and an unexpected change in partners, soon enough it's almost show time. At half an hour to curtain Iris gets her shoes ready and does a few chainés. The musicians tune their instruments as the stage manager calls for places. At 8:00 the curtain rises . . . and the dancing begins!


"A magical mystery tour for ballet lovers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Aspiring dancers should be easily drawn into Kent's methodical detailing of even the smallest moments of a dancer's routine."—Publishers Weekly

"Stock captures the casts’ dancing and resting postures beautifully, bringing their slender forms to life and assuredly captivating young readers with the art of ballet."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What does the title of a book tell you about what you are going to read about? Choose a different title for Ballerina Gets Ready. Explain why you chose this title. RL.2-3.2/W.3-4.4

2. Describe the structure of Ballerina Gets Ready. How does the structure of the book contribute to the meaning and style? RL.2-3.5

3. Summarize a day in the life of a professional ballerina. RL.2-3.2/W.2-3.3

4. Create a chart of all of the people involved in a ballet performance and their roles. RL.2-3.1/W.2-3.4, 5