First Ballet (Hardcover)

By Deanna Caswell, Elizabeth Matthews (Illustrator)

Disney-Hyperion, 9781423113539, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

List Price: 16.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Winter 2009 Kids' List

“If ever a book proved the idea that less is more when it comes to picture book rhyme schemes it is First Ballet. This delightful book not only captures the magic of loving the ballet, but it conveys the charm of truly being captivated by anything magical.”
— Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers, Inc., Farmington, ME
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The lights, the velvet curtain, the spotlight, the graceful dancers-nothing beats going to the ballet for the very first time. In this beautiful picture book, Deanna Caswell and Elizabeth Matthews conspire to recreate all the joy and wonder of the first theatrical experience, for children to relive again and again.

About the Author

Deanna Caswell has been a nanny, lab tech, teacher, waitress, calculus tutor, counselor, and mountain guide. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry, a minor in Math, and an M.A. in Family Therapy. First Ballet is her first picture book. Her second, Train Trip, comes out in Fall 2010.

Elizabeth Matthews is the author and illustrator of "Different Like Coco. "A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.