Molly Idle has written/illustrated three books that feature Flora, a young girl who explores dance alongside a flamingo, a penguin, and some peacocks. The wordless books show Flora and the birds mimicking each other, moving away from one another, and ultimately demonstrating the give-and-take of partnership. The images are beautiful and the stories are heart-warming.
The Trials and Tribulations of Young Dancers
Tallulah is a young aspiring dancer. She covets a tutu, toe shoes, and the opportunity to perform a solo. In each story, she wrestles with the patience, discipline, and commitment it takes to become a "real" ballerina. Your young dancer will likely connect with Tallulah's desire to be great. The text is easy-to-read and the illustrations add dimension to the story, showing Tallulah's imagination and aspirations in a gentle but relatable way. There are two other books, too: one about performing in the Nutcracker and another when Tallulah explores tap dance. Altogether, there are five books for you to enjoy with your young dancer.
|Excerpt from "Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova."|