This spans the Picture-book age and the Read Aloud section, for a story of far-away Russian village life, and of Natasha and her family. Natasha was the best little dancer in the village; her father played an accordion and her brother an harmonica, while Mother and neighbors joined in or supplied an audience. News from outside fired her ambition to go on the stage, but a terrifying nightmare made her glad to wake up in her own bed. The book ends with a gay family evening on the village square where Natasha is happy to dance for her friends. Fairly full text for this age level, with lots of lively illustrations in pink, blue, black and white. The jacket and board binding seem very destructible for small hands.