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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Katterina Ballerina by Linda Lee Kane, beautifully illustrated by Josh Byers, is a short story written for four to nine-year-olds. (American school grades P to 4) The intention behind it is to demonstrate to any child that he or she can succeed, which builds self-esteem and confidence. Ms Cane tells the story of Katterina, a young giraffe who longs to dance but is laughed at by the other animals who live on the plains, until she finds Grandma Dee’s dancing class where she is taught with lots of encouragement, and makes friends. Katterina Ballerina would be an incredible book to use in schools. Specialist terms used are plié, arabesque, pirouette, jete, passé and rond de jambe. Interest in exactly what Katterina does would be sure to prompt a lively class discussion and teachers could encourage that with a little research into those movements, and the 2, 3, 4, bend, stretch, point, relax, routine.
Katterina is a young giraffe who longs to dance, but her spindly legs never do quite what she tells them. As a result, she is teased, pushed out of the way, and laughed at by the other animals until she meets a dance coach: “Everyone calls me Grandma Dee, and all dancers are welcome here with me.” I absolutely loved this book and would enjoy reading it to my young niece who wouldn’t resist the delightful pictures, but anyone who buys it for a child, knowing nothing of ballet, should Google before they gift wrap! Katterina Ballerina by Linda Lee Kane is a story to delight youngsters and parents alike.