Josephine Wants to Dance

Josephine Wants to Dance

3.8 (285 ratings by Goodreads)
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Josephine is a kangaroo - who loves to dance. Her little brother Joey tells her that kangaroos don't dance, they hop - but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air. When a ballet troupe comes to town and both the lead ballerina and the understudy are injured, Josephine is called upon to save the day...Age more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 215 x 294 x 7mm | 372g
  • HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • New South Wales, Australia
  • 0207200750
  • 9780207200755

Review Text

The oft-told story of the stage-struck youngster who saves the show when the star is injured returns in this variation that features a ballet-dancing kangaroo named Josephine. She perseveres in the face of a doubting brother named, of course, Joey, and a giggling audience. It's her ability to twirl and leap and point her toes that finally drives them to clap and cheer. She's a graceful if not beautiful ballerina who practiced her art with other Australian animals but yearned for something more than the outback and found it. The author and illustrator have a number of collaborations behind them, most notably Diary of a Wombat (2003). An entertaining read-aloud that shows off an appealing tutu-clad kangaroo leaping across perfectly pink pages as if she were captured in a series of camera clicks. (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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285 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 24% (69)
4 40% (115)
3 28% (81)
2 6% (16)
1 1% (4)
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