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Josephine Wants to Dance Hardcover – 25 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd; New title edition (25 Oct. 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0207200750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0207200755
  • Package Dimensions: 29.6 x 21.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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)

About the Author

Jackie French was born in Sydney in 1953, grew up in Brisbane, graduated from the University of Queensland and moved to her present home in NSW bush land in her mid twenties. Over the past 10 years she has published over a hundred books on diverse subjects ranging from children’s fiction to pest control!

Bruce Whatley was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated with his parents to Australia during his childhood. He often collaborates on picture books with his wife, Rosie Smith.

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Format: Paperback
My ballet-mad daughter got this for her 3rd birthday and is forever asking for it to be read to her. A nice bouncy story about achieving the impossible. Full of interesting descriptive prose - Josephine dances like "... the mist playing with the moon..." - that I wouldn't normally associate with children's books, but will extend their vocabularies. Easy to read out-loud, and really nice quirky illustrations. Recommended, especially for little girls who love pink!
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Format: Paperback
Your children will love this story of an aspirational kangaroo who wins through to dance triumph. Shame it seems to be out of print. As you can see from the cover her 'line' looks right.Lots of suspense when Josephine needs an XXXL tutu and ballet shoes, but audiences wowed by her leaps. Plenty of laughs and gusto, best read in an Australian accent.

I guess the message is Anyone can Dance - which is surely a good one.
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Format: Paperback
We chose this since not many Aussie books in France but now this little gem is my 3yr daughter's favourite book.She loves dancing and now especially the Ballet just like Josephine.
We highly recommend this book due to the well drawn pictures & the unique storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Children's book 26 July 2016
By Nik T. - Published on
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I love this book - and am about to give it to a 4-year-old who loves dancing.

My girlfriend fell in love with the book as soon as I showed it to her, and demanded I buy 2 more so we can give them to other froends' children.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book! funny too 15 Aug. 2016
By natalia Nell-Cobar - Published on
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good book ! funny too !
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - My 2 year old loves it, but perfectly appropriate for older ages as well. 2 Nov. 2014
By underover - Published on
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My daughter has chosen this book as part of her nighttime routine now for months. A positive, happy book with great visuals.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great deal. 10 Dec. 2013
By Danny Gregoric - Published on
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My daughter is in love with this book. I'm happy with the purchase, however, I don't think this book was brand new. I'm thinking it was one that was on the shelf for a while.
5.0 out of 5 stars cute 14 April 2014
By Josephine Grace - Published on
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very cute book. got it for a friends baby shower. she loved it :) pictures are bright, and writing is easy to read.
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