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The Cranky Ballerina

Ada hates everything about ballet class, yet she still has to go! Arabesques? Grotesque! And then one Saturday, Ada plies right out the door and into the hallway, smacking into the karate teacher who thinks her "ungraceful" moves are great!

Through Ada's stubbornness and emotional honesty, author/illustrator Elise Gravel shows her understanding of how kids feel and why. She shows us that anger is normal and feeling our emotions leads to growth! Children who love ballet -- and definitely those who don't -- will delight in this clever, subversive tale about a kid who has to do what she doesn't like in order to discover what she loves.

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"As the story progresses, readers understand why Ada hates ballet — she's not very good at it. Her pirouettes turn into kicks and punches, and her jetés are far from graceful.... Ada's inability to move with poise leaves her frustrated — until her last attempt at pirouetting sends her out the door, crashing into trash cans and colliding into a karate teacher. It seems that her natural talents are best reserved for the mat. The protagonist's bad mood stems from her frustration at her failure, which sets her apart from similarly short-fused characters." -- Briana Moore, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Elise Gravel
Illustrator Elise Gravel
ISBN 0062351249
Publication Date Aug 9, 2016
Publisher HarperCollins
Language English