In the new Ball Books series Farrar, Straus and Cudahy plan to offer young readers. In the intermediate age group, good fiction which teaches a sense of values. The Giving Gift succeeds in its purpose, and should rate an enthusiastic vote of approval from pre-adolescent girls who follow Greenway's career from orphan asylum life to the start of what promises to be a successful career as a . While living at St. Catherine's orhanage, Lisa in by Mrs. Mac who given her a strikig dancing costume and a pair of emerald ballet slippers which had once belonged to a famous ballerina. She also explains that Lisa's talent for dancing is a gift which she can never keep all to herself, but must use to make others happy. Lisa is adopted by the Greenways who eventualy allow her to enroll in a school of ballet where she becomes a star pupil. The story is and many readers will have more than a passing acquaintance with the ballet terms from their own dancing school sessions. The orphanage In The Giving Gift is bright, sunny, cheerful and fairly bringing with happy children and equally kind Nuns -- not to mention charming adults intent on adopting older children. To a reviewer brought up on Daddy long legs this came as a real revelation.