Kids’ Club Review by Alice: Ballet backflip

Ballet backflipBallet backflip, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

I liked it when Zoe was sitting next to Ella at the gym. Because they’re best friends.
I liked it when Madame Fry said Ella could be a teacher. I like the pictures in the book because they’re so funny. I think my friends would like this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Alice from Karori and Northland School , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Brianna: The bad butterfly

The bad butterfly, by Sally Rippin

Billie B. Brown wants to be a famous ballerina when she grows up so she goes to a dance class. But Madame Dainty doesn’t take any notice of her (except to tell her off) only of Lola. So Billie gets jealous. And when Billie gets jealous……………………………better watch out. Ages 3-infinity!

4 stars

Reviewed by Brianna from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alice: The Bad Butterfly

The Bad Butterfly, by Sally Rippin

Billie is starting a ballet class! She is very excited. At her class the girls practice to be graceful butterflies and the boys practice to be stomping trolls. Billie isn’t very good at being a butterfly but then she has one of her super doper ideas. Will her idea work? I think this book spreads a nice message to younger readers which is, if your not very good at something try something else!

3 stars

Reviewed by Alice from Kilbirnie and St Patrick’s School , 10 years old

Attention aspiring dancers!

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is coming back in August for more Ballet Storytimes in the library. They were so popular during the school holidays, you won’t want to miss them this time!

titania-on-stars-ImageLegendary dancer and performer Sir Jon Trimmer introduces A Midsummer Night’s Dream – one of Shakespeare’s best-loved stories that has inspired generations of choreographers and dancers around the world – ahead of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s brand new production, opening in Wellington on 20 August.

 

Perfect for primary school aged children, this is a chance to learn about ballet steps and positions – and to try them out– explore the art of mime and gesture, and hear one of the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, from an icon of New Zealand dance who has performed them all.

Details:

Saturday 1st August: Wellington Central Library at 11am

Saturday 8th August: Karori Library at 11am

Saturday 15th August: Johnsonville Library at 11am

Saturday 22nd August: Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library at 11am

The ballet comes to Johnsonville Library

During the school holidays Johnsonville Library was very lucky to host Sir Jon Trimmer from the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Sir Jon performed a wonderful rendition of Peter and the Wolf to a very large crowd of enthusiastic and budding dancers.

We then learnt and practiced some ballet positions followed by the change to ask Sir Jon questions about his own career and that of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

We learnt that ballet or pointe shoes will only last a dancer for one performance and they have a huge room that is full of ballet shoes from the floor to the ceiling because they go through so many.

Don’t miss out on the next Ballet Storytimes in August.

Here are some pictures from the performance.

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Have you visited the Ballet dancers in the Library these holidays?

RNZB Image smallWe are very lucky to have the Royal New Zealand Ballet running special dancing story times in the libraries during the July School Holidays.

You can find the times at dates at the Children’s Events Page.

Legendary dancer and performer Sir Jon Trimmer will perform ‘Tales from the Ballet’ – six great stories that have inspired generations of dancers around the world.

This is a chance to learn about ballet steps and positions – and to try them out– explore the art of mime and gesture, and hear some of the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, from an icon of New Zealand dance who has performed them all.

Come along boys and girls! These events are free and bookings aren’t required.

Want to read some ballet stories? Check out these fiction and non-fiction books.

 

Fun fact: Did you know that there is a warehouse in Upper Hutt that is full of ballet costumes and stage sets from RNZB performances from the last 60 years? Wow! read all about it in this article on the Dominion Post website.

The Ella Diaries – three great reads

WARNING – You are about to read my UTTERLY BIGGEST SECRETS.

Can I trust you? OK then.

I’m Ella, and these are my diaries.

Its a new school year, and everything is perfect. Ella has a new uniform, glittery stationery and cant wait to meet her new teacher. Until class starts, that is – and EVERYTHING goes wrong. She can’t believe she has to sit next to her absolutely WORST ENEMY EVER, Peach Parker! No matter how far she moves her pencil case across the desk, Peach is in her SPACE. Where’s her BFF Zoe? Can this year get ANY WORSE? Tune into the secret thoughts of Ella as she battles the school bully and turns a lunch time curse into a lunch time craze!

 

 

Ella dreams of dancing, but she also wants to be taken seriously. Shes in Year 5 after all! When her dreams of being the lead in the ballet recital are dashed, she starts to wonder if it might be fun to try something new. But when MEAN QUEEN PEACH takes up gymnastics and executes an AMAZING backflip in the playground, the school is taken over by the new craze. Will Ella backflip on her love of ballet? Can she bear to go along with Peach and her traitorous BFF Zoe? Leap beside Ella as her secret thoughts uncover the truth about friendship and trying new things.

 

 

Ella and Zoe want to start their own dog-walking business. They make a sign, hang it up in shops and wait by the phone for their first call. When their only job turns out to be minding a lizard, and sneaky Peach Parker starts behaving very suspiciously, Ella starts to wonder what’s up. Zoe and Ella must go undercover! Will they discover the terrible truth?

New Non Fiction: Back to School, Part 2.

101 Hidden Animals.image courtesy of syndetics

Read this book and discover the amazing ways 101 animals hide in plain sight and defends themselves from predators. Overall this book is a very enjoyable read. There are some fantastic images and amazing facts about how animals hide themselves. For example, bullfrogs rest in shallow water to look just like rocks and zebras’ stripes confuse predators.

 

Ballet Spectacular.image courtesy of http://www.roh.org.uk/

Ballet, spectacular? You bet! Hands down, this is one of the most amazing, beautiful and captivating books I have ever come across in the junior non fiction collection! Grab this book today and get a full and unique insight into the magical world of ballet seen through the eyes of The Royal Ballet!

 

 

Discovering Dinosaurs.image courtesy of syndetics

Check this ultimate, most up to date guide to the age of dinosaurs and discover over 165 fascinating prehistoric creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, including every major dino discovery made to date.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow to be a space explorer.

Ever wanted to go into space? This book gives you the lowdown on everything young explorers needs to know to travel in space, covering what life in zero gravity is like, how to find your way around the solar system, and the all-important question of how to pee in a spacesuit! (Hee, hee, still tickled pink over that one!) Overall a fantastic read, complete with unique illustrations take kids to the heart of the action and amazing photos show what the universe is really like. Not to mention, incredible stories of real-life space exploration for kids aged 8 and up, by author and astrobiologist Professor Mark Brake.

 

How to handle low self-esteem.image courtesy of syndetics

If you feel under pressure or having trouble dealing with what ever life is throwing at you, then this book can help. How to Handle Low Self Esteem is an essential guide that can help you understand how and why you might hold a low opinion of yourself and  what you can do to improve things for yourself. The book highlights areas that may trigger these feelings, such as bullying or peer-pressure. Perhaps you are under pressure because of your sexual orientation, your race or religion or because you simply don’t fit the mould. This book will help you confront your issues and offers solid advice based on the experiences of real people. A great book to read to calm those ‘

 

How to handle bullying and gangs.image courtesy of syndetics

No one should ever have to cope with bullying. Inside this book you will find: Practical advice for dealing with bullies, suggestions as to where you can find support, advice on how to feel positive about yourself.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow Maui found his father and the magic jawbone.

An oldie but a goodie. Check out this this new addition Peter Gossage’s classic tale about how Maui found his father and the magic jawbone. Perfect timing with Waitangi day around the corner.