Archive for February 20, 2019

Dear Ballerina

Written and Illustrated by Monica Wellington

Young people often dream of being the artists they see on stage. Reaching out to those artists is the obvious way to enter the artist’s world. Inspired by letters written by her own daughter several years ago, the author shows how writing fan letters can keep a dream alive and often spark a career. The little letter writer in the story becomes skilled and strong and begins her journey toward stardom.

The reader also learns about dance itself, about many aspects of the ballet world, and about working hard for a dream.  Fun illustrations accompany each page and bring ballet into the reader’s world. After a first read for help with the jargon, young dancers will want to enjoy the story again and again, independently. Even future audience members will enjoy the human connection made here.  

  • Dear BallerinaTitle: Dear Ballerina
  • Author/Illustrator: Monica Wellington
  • Publisher: Holiday House, March 19, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 1
  • Genre: Dancing, Music, Legacy
  • ISBN: 978-0-8234-3932-4