Ballerina Swan, by Allegra Kent and Emily Arnold McCully, begins with a swan, Sophie, who loves watching a ballet class from her pond. She then wants to learn how to dance, but is discouraged by Madame Myrtle. Sophie doesn’t give up on her dream and returns to the studio one day when Miss Willow is teaching. With Miss Willow’s encouragement, Sophie learns to dance even though some moves are hard for her. The authors use terms from ballet (a glossary is given at the beginning of the book) and explain how Sophie has to adapt to learn the moves. The story has happy ending with Sophie performing in a performance.
Although this book is centered about ballet, we think it gives some important lessons about following your dreams. It lends itself to discussing how some people discourage you while others encourage you. It also demonstrates the importance of practicing and persevering. We hope you and your family enjoy discovering Sophie, the ballet swan!
*What is your favorite part of the book?
*Have you ever been discouraged by someone? Have you ever
been encouraged by someone?
*What encourages you to do your best?
*Why do you think Sophie never gives up?