#blogbookaday: This Is It

8 Jun

This Is It.jpgSummary:  “When a young dancer is nervous about her upcoming auditions, her shadow springs to life and leads her on a joyous exploration of their city. Soon enough, the young girl finds confidence in her skills, her body, and her ability to shine.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A young girl heads to her ballet audition, but is nervous, so her shadow shows her that she has all the skills she needs to shine in the spotlight. I loved that this book portrayed a non-white ballerina and if you look carefully on the title page, you’ll see that she may consider Public Housing her home which I appreciate as so many ballerina stories show white characters that are often have a higher socio-economic status.

Personal Reaction: I love ballet, I think it’s the idea of having complete control over your body. I tend to be extremely clumsy, so I like the idea of control over minute muscles. This is a beautiful story of trusting yourself, gaining confidence and shining in the spotlight – ideas that every child can appreciate, those that dance and those that do not.

nTitle: This Is It
Author: Daria Peoples-Riley
Illustrator: Daria Peoples-Riley
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


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