Pardon My French It’s the Language of Ballet
Written and Illustrated by Nancy Paris
What an introduction to the world of dance and the French language. Nancy Paris has created a children’s picture and chapter book entitled ‘The Adventures of Lilly Nilly Pardon My French It’s the Language of Ballet’. This is the story of a little girl by the name of Lilly Nilly and her journey in learning ballet, as well as some of the French language as pertaining to ballet. There are a few consequences that happen throughout the story.
Nancy’s illustrations shows and tells what Lilly’s ideas of learning what ballet somewhat all about. The sketches were drawn using crayons to make them more appealing to children and how children may see learning about this subject. Some of the French language she uses could cause some misinterpretations, but this story makes it fun. It is also a good story that creates interest in the world of ballet and maybe even learning a new language. This is also a book where the ‘chapters’ are short that gives each level that Lilly has progressed and lived through from learning the basic skills to performing and seeing what makes a good friend. ‘The Adventures of Lilly Nilly’ is quite the humorous story.
Enter the mind of spunky and precocious six-year-old Lilly Nilly. As a dance student, her self-appointed mission is to figure out what the heck ballet –– and coincidentally life –– are all about and share this insight with other kids. Young girls will find Lilly’s stories funny and very relatable, especially if they are ballet students themselves. Adults will find her sharp wit and strong-willed spirit a charming reminder of just how empowering a joyful approach to life can be.
Pardon My French – It’s the Language of Ballet is complete with illustrations that only Lilly Nilly could have drawn – with a little help from her author, Nancy Paris. The book is inspired by the author’s own experience as a young dance student, and later, a professional dancer and teacher. The author’s mission, through Lilly, is to encourage girls to trust their instincts, seek their own answers, and be kind to all.
About the Author
Nancy Paris is an alumna of The Juilliard School and has performed professionally across the US and Canada. As
a dancemaker, she has choreographed industrials and private events in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Palm Springs, and Puerto Rico. Most of the incidents in her stories are based on personal experience, with the names changed to protect the innocent.
Nancy lives in Manhattan, NY with her husband
Charles Yurick and loves writing and drawing because you can do it sitting down!
2021http://www.lillynilly.com40 pagesISBN: 978-0-578-31688-8
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