My Daddy Can Fly!
My Daddy Can Fly!
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Series: American Ballet   
Annotation: For young dance lovers, a picture book about a young boy whose father has the unique position as a ballet dancer. Writte... more
Catalog Number: #302182
Format: Library Binding
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-593-18098-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-593-18098-3
Dewey: E
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Ben wants to grow up to be a ballet dancer, just like his dad.One day at school Ben and his friends play dress up. The kids talk about what they want to be when they grow up: taekwondo master, architect, teacher, doctor. Then, it’s Ben’s turn. He wants to do the same thing his dad does: fly. Can the kids guess his dad’s profession? What job could Ben’s dad have that requires flying, strength, speed, and more? With a giant leap and a pirouette, Ben gives the kids a visual clue. His dad is a ballet dancer! This short book is really more of a guessing game than a story, given the lack of urgency or conflict. The third-person narration is concise and descriptive, if a bit plodding, as it tells of the depth and breadth of skill and athleticism required of a dancer. Illustrations show Ben’s dad dancing before his profession is revealed in the text, so readers will know the answer to the riddle before Ben’s classmates do. Ben and his dad are drawn with pale skin and brown hair, and supporting characters are racially diverse. Unfortunately, characters’ bodies often lack defined bone structure, so movements appear weak or awkward instead of strong and energetic. Co-author Forster is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, and backmatter includes pictures of the author dancing as well as pictures of his son, Ben. (This book was reviewed digitally.)Good intentions are mired in mediocre visual and textual storytelling. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

For young dance lovers, a picture book about a young boy whose father has the unique position as a ballet dancer. Written by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Thomas Forster.

Ben and his friends are playing in their favorite part of the classroom-- the dress-up corner! They are talking about what they want to be when they grow up. Rachel wants to be a tae kwon do master, Dixie wants to be a doctor like her auntie, and John wants to be a teacher just like their teacher, Mr. Underwood. But when Ben says he wants to fly just like his daddy, his friends are sure his daddy must be a pilot.
Ben tells his friends that they aren't even close, but he offers a few more clues. His daddy is strong, gentle, fierce, and fast. His friends have lots of guesses, but no one lands on the right one until Ben gives them the biggest clue of all.

Written by a dad who is also a professional ballet dancer, this story will appeal to all ballet dancing children and their loved ones.

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