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Ballerina Gets Ready
by Allegra Kent
Catherine Stock, Illustrator

Paperback | 40 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 6.99
ISBN: 9780823437658 | 01-31-2017

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 chaines. The musicians tune their instruments as the stage manager calls for places. At 8:00 the curtain rises . . . and the dancing begins!

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