I am a Ballerina

By Carol-Ann Hoyte

A review of I Am A Ballerina by Valerie Coulman

Published on April 1, 2005

I Am A Ballerina
Valerie Coulman

Lobster Press
$21.95
1-89422291-1

In Valerie Coulman’s I Am a Ballerina, Molly attends the ballet for her birthday, and is inspired to become a ballerina. After Molly’s unintentionally comical attempts at dancing ballet at home, her parents decide to enrol her in lessons.

This simple story, infused with gentle humour, should resonate with 3- to 7-year-old budding ballerinas. Sandra Lamb’s soft chalk-pastel illustrations set this book apart from the many other ballet-themed picture books on the market. Coulman and Lamb capture Molly’s pride and delight in dancing her first recital and being a “real” ballerina. They succeed in conveying these feelings to readers. mRb

Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.

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