How to Be a Real Ballerina

Davina Bell, Jenny Lovlie

How to Be a Real Ballerina
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How to Be a Real Ballerina

Davina Bell, Jenny Lovlie

There is a lot to learn about being a ballerina. It is hard work and can seem silly at times. But when you walk out on the stage, it’s like magic and fireworks and Christmas-tree lights in your tummy. From the team behind the best-selling All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors comes a cheeky story about discovering the joys of dance.


What does it take to be a ‘real ballerina’? Do you have to conform to a particular size and shape? Do you have to execute all the steps in perfect order to qualify? Is there only one way? How to Be a Real Ballerina is a fun and playful celebration of the diversity of real ballerinas everywhere; our ballerina is irreverent, cheeky, totally disarming and completely lovable. Even when there’s a right way and a wrong way she still manages to find her own way!

The illustrations in this mischievous story are colourful and innocent with a childlike naïvete; a perfect complement to the story. And what a genius Davina Bell is! She has given the world so many wonderful picture-book stories including All the Ways to Be Smart and Under the Love Umbrella. She’s known for writing stories with an emphasis on positive experiences for children who are finding and becoming themselves.

How to Be a Real Ballerina is a picture book for budding ballerinas everywhere. Recommended for ages 3+.

Athina Clarke is the children’s book buyer at Readings Malvern.

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