JAKE THE BALLET DOG by Karen LeFrak

JAKE THE BALLET DOG

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

LeFrak and Baranski team up again for their second story about Jake the terrier, who previously learned about the orchestra in Jake the Philharmonic Dog (2006). This time Jake is staying with a ballerina named Allegra who is starring as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Allegra discovers that Jake can leap and twirl and bow like a dancer, so she takes him along to her ballet class and to a dress rehearsal. Jake learns a few ballet steps and terms in class and then interacts with the cast as the rehearsal proceeds. Professional ballet terms and the characters and plot of The Nutcracker are skillfully woven into Jake’s story, introducing both the art of the dance and the most popular and frequently performed ballet in the United States. The large format and Baranski’s polished paintings in saturated colors bring the beloved story to life, with well-designed pages that incorporate the complexity of performance. Two final pages compile all the ballet terms into a glossary cleverly titled “Foot Notes.” (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9658-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2008




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