Review: I love Jane Yolen, BUT....she put too much verbiage into each of the storylines of the ballets, though she does provide backstories before the 5 or so page print versions (with less pictures) of the ballets' plot (with dialogue...not common in ballet), including mentioning famous dancers, composers, tidbits. The 'limited' illustrations are beautifully done...mentions the most recognizable ballets in history: Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Shin Chung (one of the most iconic ballets ... Read more
Review: I didn't expect to like this, which is why I haven't read it until now. I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the switching of letters. I thought it would bother me, but I found if I just relaxed and read it without thinking about it too much, my brain picked up on the meaning of most of the lines without the need to really translate it. It does feel like a lot if read all at once, but what's the hurry? This is nice to read for several days and enjoy the silliness of it.
I did have... Read more
Review: I love reading this book with my kids. Especially Josh--as he just chuckles over the silliness of the fortunes given by the fortune teller! They think it's super funny what happens to the other fortune teller, too! I've read some reviews that tells how this isn't a good book, because it doesn't really teach a good moral. I beg to differ. For many reasons. First of all, I think it shows how life is really unpredictable and you just never know what will happen. Also, that you can make up your own ... Read more