Harriet's Recital: 08/09/09
Harriet's Recital by Nancy Carlson is one of Harriet's favorite books because it's a about a dog who likes to dance named Harriet. Harriet, though, has a problem; she hates the yearly recitals. She gets stage fright. Her parents and her teacher though have every confidence in her. This year she has a dance solo and she's petrified!
The wiggly lines in Harriet's legs show just how scared she's feeling. My Harriet especially likes the progression of illustrations from Harriet being too scared to dance, to being pushed on stage and growing more confident after her feet remember the steps even though the rest of her is still scared.
My son who has had to put on a few school performances also likes the book. He relates more to the need for practice and to her feelings of stage fright than to the thrill of dancing.
This book was featured on Reading Rainbow. (Reading Rainbow's last air date will be August 28, 2009).
To learn more about Nancy Carlson or her books, please see Nancy's Neighborhood.
Other books featuring Harriet: