Sophie is a swan who wants to dance. A young ballet instructor gives her a chance. Sophie turns out to be quite good at ballet and gets the prize role in a recital.
What I thought: Such a sweet book. Sophie is a lovable character. The illustrations are nice. My favorite is Sophie practicing her moves. Hand this to the young dancers at your library. Ballerina Swan would pair well with Brontorina by James Howe, The Jellybeans and the Big Dance by Laura Numeroff, and Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O'Connor. I will definitely be adding this to my display at Fancy Nancy Parties.
(Illus. Emily Arnold McCully. Holiday House, 2012)