BALLETBALL by Erin Dionne


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Age Range: 4 - 7
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To ballet or to baseball? What’s a girl to do?

Nini loves ballet and her ballet outfits. Unfortunately, as her mother reminds her, it is time for baseball and her baseball uniform. Nini does not like anything about baseball—not her glove and not the field. The illustrations demonstrate her passive resistance in amusing vignettes that depict her practicing ballet moves, looking up at the sky, and flopped on the grass, a thoroughly ignored baseball next to her in each one. Her coach and her teammates remind her that baseball is a team sport and that everyone has to do their “best.” Then the coach has a little heart-to-heart with Nini about how ballet practice can improve performance on the baseball field. At the next game, her team is leading, but then an opposing player hits the ball into the outfield, where Nini and her glove are waiting. Yes, it is a perfect ending for a baseball player who knows how to plié and hold her glove in the right spot at the right time. Nini, who has light-brown skin and fluffy brown hair, shares her round face and button eyes with all the other children, who are a mix of colors. The softly focused line-and-color illustrations highlight the yellow-and-blue baseball uniforms and the green baseball field.

Pleasant fare for scheduled children. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-58089-939-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2019


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