ONE BALLERINA TWO by Vivian French


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A sleek, graceful girl of perhaps 12, neatly clad in a leotard, and a disheveled preschooler wearing a baggy sweater and legwarmers take turns demonstrating some familiar moves: ten careful pliÉs, nine approximate knee bends, eight precise changements, seven oddly assorted little jumps, etc. The logical-minded may enjoy observing that, while the figures are repeated the appropriate number of times, the activities sometimes aren't--e.g., the older girl is caught at six stages of a single pirouette. The illustrations are delightful and the implicit story is charming, especially when it's wrapped up with ""One happy hug."" As quintessentially simple as Ormerod's own wonderfully expressive line.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1991
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: "Lothrop, Lee & Shepard"