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James the Dancing Dog

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James the beagle was a real dog. His master and mistress worked with the National Ballet of Canada, and between 1961 and 1972 he went with them to the studio, the rehearsal hall, and the theater where the dancers performed. Perhaps this is what James dreamed about when he lay quietly on the floor, his eyes fastened on the twirling dancers.

From puppyhood James wanted to dan
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published October 12th 2004 by Tundra Books
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Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of ballet stories, parents (especially those with their own little ballet dancer!
Recommended to Courtney by: In a kit at work.
James the beagles' dream is to one day perform on stage like all the Ballet students at the school his people teach at. His chance finally arrives, as it's announced that the school will be putting on Giselle and there is a role for a hunting dog! Unfortunately, the choreographer has other ideas about who would be an acceptable hunting dog.

This book has a very cute storyline. The illustrations are decent, with lots of colourful and entertaining character designs. Definitely a book I would sugges
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A charming story of how a little beagle played the part of the elegant hunting dog in a Canadian ballet production of Giselle. James started his life in the ballet troupe, as his 'mom' and 'dad' were dancers. He found his presence meant good luck for the dancers, and always longed to be on stage. When a wolfhound gets stage fright, James gets his chance and is the star of the show. The book has a basic layout, but the illustrations are simple and colorful. James is a cutey and readers who like d ...more
Dog wants to be a dancer and does. -not a lot of nature, but heavy on dog.
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