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Josephine Wants to Dance

Josephine Wants to Dance

Spring 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Author: Jackie French
Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9431-7
Hardcover Price: $15.95
A star is born when both the prima ballerina and her understudy are too ill to dance in Shaggy Gully's visiting ballet. Luckily for the company, a talented kangaroo has secretly been observing the rehearsals and can step in to fill the lead-with some adjustment to the costumes, of course. Jackie French's sweet new picture book will appeal to young dancers and animal-lovers alike. Josephine, the can-do Aussie heroine of the story, doesn't let anyone stand in the way of her dancing dreams. Her brother tells her that kangaroos just don't dance, but she proves over and over again that they do-leaping with the lyrebirds, bouncing with the brolgas, and pointing her feet with the emus. And when Josephine finally gets her moment in the spotlight, she brings the whole community to its feet. Bruce Whatley's illustrations, rendered against a background of soft ballet pink, reflect the exuberance of dance, the rewards of practice and the satisfaction of accomplishment.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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Harry N. Abrams, Inc. / Abrams Books for Young Readers

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