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by Kate Parkinson

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Grace loves to dance but finds she's even better at something else. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
GRACE by Kate Parkinson features a young ballerina who dreams of dancing, but lacks the form and finesse to be successful.

Young Grace is told to “Give up, Grace” by her ballet classmates. Discouraged, she goes home and draws a picture of a cat finding solace in the arts. She soon realizes that she has a talent and joy for painting. Her ballet classmates applaud her drawings and she becomes the set designer for their performance. It’s unlikely she’ll become a professional designer, but she’ll continue to enjoy dancing.

The front endpapers feature a cat demonstrating the five ballet positions immediately drawing in young readers. The large-print, easy-to-read font presents sentences that are perfect of beginning readers. The attractive illustrations include a diverse group of characters with memorable facial expressions that will connect with young children.

Librarians and classroom teachers will appreciate the simple but important message. The large, simple drawings are perfect for a read-aloud experience followed by a drawing and dancing activity.

Look for other early readers in Holiday House’s I Like To Read Books collection.

Learn more about the author/illustrator at http://www.kateparkinson.com/.

Published by Holiday House in 2015. ( )
  eduscapes | May 11, 2015 |
Such a cute book about a girl trying to find her "thing". She tried out dancing and that may not be the right fit. Find out what she does that makes her truly happy and highlights her strengths!! 4.5 stars ( )
  Mrsmommybooknerd | Mar 30, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823432076, Hardcover)

Grace's name may be a bit of a misnomer, for graceful she is not. She wants to be a ballerina, but dancing is not her forte. "Give it up, Grace," the other girls tell her. Saddened, Grace turns to drawing--and when she does, she starts to feel better. Grace is good at drawing and the other girls love her artwork. Grace finds a way to be part of the ballet using her true talent—she paints the sets! But the indefatigable Grace also keeps dancing in this easy reader that encourages youngsters to celebrate their own special gifts.

About the Series

I Like to Read® books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.


"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:16:06 -0400)

When the other girls discourage Grace from dancing, she draws pictures to make herself feel better and succeeds in a surprising way.

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