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How to be a Real Ballerina

Written by Davina Bell

Illustrated by Jenny Lovlie

Early Years People / Places Sports Work / Industry

LoveReading View on How to be a Real Ballerina

A charming introduction to the joy of ballet dancing, starring a very charismatic little ballerina

January 2022 Book of the Month

What a charming, and wonderfully practical how-to book this is. A junior ballerina provides all sorts of advice and information to her peers, from how to style your hair in a bun (NB it’s quite hard if you’ve recently cut it yourself), to the first steps you’ll learn, to what your teacher means by straight legs. It’s no-nonsense stuff, second position is dismissed as ‘boring’, though fourth position gets the thumbs up, and she warns us not to treat the barre as monkey bars, unless you want to spend time in the thinking corner. We’re left in no doubt though how much this little girl loves ballet and her last bit of advice is perfect, ‘if you’re dancing and your heart feels like it’s flying, you will know for sure that you’re a real ballerina.’ The text is full of humour and character, as are Jenny Løvlie’s gorgeous illustrations, and together they also capture the grace of ballet. This is a book to entertain and inspire all young ballerinas, and to make their parents smile in recognition too.

Andrea Reece

How to be a Real Ballerina Synopsis

From Davina Bell and Waterstones Award-winning illustrator of The Girls, Jenny Lovlie, comes a beautifully diverse and inclusive picture book perfect for any aspiring dancer.

There is a lot to learn about being a ballerina. It is hard work and can seem silly at times. If you fall over, don't panic. You don't have to be perfect! But when you walk out on the stage, it will feel like magic and fireworks and Christmas-tree lights in your tummy, and you'll know that no matter what, you're a real ballerina.

Also by Davina Bell and Jenny Lovlie, I Love Tractors! : the story of one little boy's obsession with all things tractor.

How to be a Real Ballerina Press Reviews

A sweet, funny ode to the joy of dancing, with art from Waterstones Prize-winner Lovlie, and a joyful, diverse cast of young dancers - The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839132124
Publication date: 6th January 2022
Author: Davina Bell
Illustrator: Jenny Lovlie
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: People / Places, Sports, Work / Industry

About Davina Bell

Davina Bell is a writer from Western Australia. She is the author of the award-winning picture book The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade (illustrated by Allison Colpoys), which won the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Best Children's Book from a Small Publisher, as well as the Alice books in the best-selling Our Australian Girl series. For six years she was a Senior Editor at Penguin Books in the Young Readers Division, where she worked with some of our country's most beloved children's book creators. Davina lives and works in Melbourne, where she still dreams about the Western Australian beaches while drinking a ...

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