Emma and Julia Love Ballet

by Barbara McClintock, Illustrated By Barbara McClintock

The Blue Sky Press
March 2016

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 2014026920

Lexile measure: AD480L

DRA: 16

Guided Reading: J

Award-winning author/artist Barbara McClintock has created this enchanting picture book story that will charm every child with ballet dreams!

Emma is little. Julia is big.
They both love ballet.

Emma takes ballet lessons. So does Julia.
Emma is learning to be a ballerina.
Julia is a professional ballerina.

They are both excited about the big performance in the theater tonight.
Emma will be watching from the audience.
Julia will be dancing onstage!
And afterward, Emma will go backstage to meet her ballet hero!

Barbara McClintock's richly illustrated, heartwarming story is sure to become a perennial favorite.
Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock has written and/or illustrated over 40 distinguished books for children. Emma and Julia Love Ballet which she wrote and illustrated, received three starred reviews, and My Grandfather's Coat, retold by Jim Aylesworth, also received three starred reviews and was named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. Her books have five times been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books. She has received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, as well as a myriad of other awards and honors. Barbara lives in Connecticut with her family and their four very graceful cats.


  • Praise for Emma and Julia Love Ballet :

    * "McClintock's simple story captures the joy of ballet and affirms the idea that dreams can come true." -- Booklist, starred review

    "This engaging and matter-of-factly diverse (Julia is African American) behind-the-curtain look at a ballet dancer's life will be appreciated by young dancers, who will see both a reflection of their own experience and a glimpse of what's to come." --The Horn Bookstarred review

    * "Writing and drawing with an understated grace that dovetails perfectly with the subject matter, McClintock emphasizes how childhood aspirations can become attainable realities." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Praise for My Grandfather's Coat by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

    * "The narrative and illustrations make a perfect whole. Sweet and tender and joyful." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

    * "This is a tale worth reading again and again." --School Library Journal, starred review

    Praise for Our Abe Lincoln by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

    * "Proving once again that they are a match made in picture-book heaven, Aylesworth and McClintock... turn out a biography of Lincoln virtually guaranteed to hook readers." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Praise for The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

    * "... Satisfying in every way." --School Library Journal, starred review

    * "The familiar tale finds a fresh makeover in the hands of Aylesworth and McClintock." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Praise for The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

    * "The narrative draws readers into the story and begs to be read aloud….Aylesworth's tale belongs in every collection..." --School Library Journal, starred review 

    * "A satisfying blend of cozy comforts and slapstick farce, this will be a top choice for winter story hours." --Booklist, starred review

    Praise for Cinderella by Barbara McClintock

    *"This fresh, appealing version of the perennial favorite belongs in every collection." --School Library Journal, starred review



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780439894012

32pp. | 9-¾ x 10-¼