Mary Ward's Reviews > Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg
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Apr 17, 2012

really liked it
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Martha's Ballet is a beautiful story about the creation of a ballet titled "Appalachian Spring". The dance was made to represent coming to America. The story explains the countless process it takes to make a ballet, especially one as ordinary as this.

The information in the book is very accurate, in fact their are lists of sources and elaborated information at the conclusion of the book. The text is very well crafted. I really liked the line "even when dancing is hard, they must make it look easy" This language is referring to ballet, however, can be used universally to communicate the importance of perseverance. The illustrations are beautiful and seem to be a type of water color. They translate the style of the story perfectly. The lines are not dominant and insinuate movement in every picture. The text and illustrations are related very well and do an excellent job of enhancing the story.

I would definitely read this book in my classroom. It shows the positives of hard work, and perseverance. People doubted and even "booed" martha's style of dance many times, but never stopped her from performing and creating. Students would enjoy this book because it use an interesting means to convey a common theme of hard work. Ballet was Martha's passion. Reading this book will encourage kids to discover their passion.

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