Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
An instructional guide to acting and stagecraft with chapters on theater games and improvisation, character building (motivation, fake tears), speaking up (voice warmups, accents), getting physical (clowning, stunts, fainting), going backstage (set designs, props, lighting, costumes), reading between the lines (memorizing lines, casting, direction) and making a living (agents, auditioning, voice-overs). A fun and informative book!
The Most Excellent Book of How to Be a Magician by Peter Eldin (j793.8 Eld)
Funny Business: Clowning Around, Practical Jokes, Cool Comedy, Cartooning, and More... by Helaine Becker (j791.3 Bec)
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
The behind the scenes story of famous dancer Fred Astaire, his older sister Adele and their rise to fame on Broadway.
To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel (j741.509 Sie)
"The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet." A fascinating memoir in graphic novel format.
Savion!: My Life in Tap by Savion Glover (j920 Glover)
An autobiography of tap dancing legend Savion Glover who choreographed the Tony Award-winning Broadway show "Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk."
From the Get Dancing series, Street Jazz contains information on Breakdancing, Hip-Hop dancing and Tap dancing, just to name a few.
"The story of three British orphans, Pauline, Petrova, and Posie start life off as carefree children, but when their adopted Great Uncle Max (a.k.a. Gum) disappears on a fossil hunting expedition, the young girls find themselves becoming the breadwinners of the family. As stage performers they are able to give back to the only family they have ever known, and have their own adventures while they're at it." (SLJ review) A classic from 1965 that's well worth reading.
For a few dance websites, check out our summer reading webpages!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
The Long Gone Lonesome History of Country Music by Bret Bertholf (j781.64 Ber)
Those Amazing Musical Instruments!: Your Guide to the Orchestra Through Sounds and Stories by Genevieve Helsby (j784.19 Hel + CD-Rom)
Friday, July 10, 2009
But genius or not, there is much Own can't outthink. Like how his oreos keep disappearing from his lunch. Or why his sister suddenly wants to be called by a boy's name. Or why a diabolical, scar-faced thug at school seems to be on a mission to destroy him. He's sure that if he can only get the TV to work, things will start to make sense. But it will take a revelation, not a cool contraption, for Owen to see that the answer's not in the past, but the present. That no matter how large he is on the outside, he doesn't have to feel small on the inside."
Monday, July 6, 2009
ArtEdventures from Sanford: A Lifetime of Color Activities - games that explore art concepts and history.
The Artist's Toolkit - watch an animated demonstration & learn about visual elements like line, color and shape.
Global Children's Art Gallery - view kids artwork from around the world!
Inside Art: An Art History Game - Tour art history and get sucked into famous paintings. Good luck finding your way out!
And check out these Visual Arts links on our Summer Reading Website.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Book 1: Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis
Emma-Jean Lazarus, the quirky girl protagonist we first met in 2007's Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, is back and experiencing rather alarming symptoms of Spring Fever. Yes, Emma-Jean has developed a crush - her first - on none other than Will Keeler, one of the most popular boys in her seventh grade class at William Gladstone Middle School. The Spring-Fling dance is fast approaching and this time the girls have to ask the boys. Emma-Jean isn't sure if she should ask Will since they seem so unsuitable for each other.
To make matters more complicated, Emma-Jean's friend Colleen, has received an anonymous love letter in her locker and begs Emma-Jean to find out who wrote it. Will Emma-Jean be able to solve the mystery and find Colleen's boy in time for the dance? And will she resolve her feelings for Will and survive her first crush?
I really enjoyed Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. All of my favorite characters from the first book are back: Ms. Wright, Vikram, Mr. Johannsen and all of Emma-Jean's friends: Colleen, Kaitlin, Michele and Valerie. Even the mean Laura Gilroy is back but this time Colleen finds the confidence to stand up to her, which was thrilling to read. Emma-Jean is as quirky and logical as ever, using her keen observation skills to find Colleen's anonymous letter-writer. She also takes a second-stab at match-making for Ms. Wright and intercedes on Vikram's behalf when she fears his love for her mother has clouded his decision-making ability.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of the first one as well as those who like confident girl characters who don't mind standing out from the crowd. My one reservation is that I'm not sure most middle-grade girls will find Emma-Jean relatable - but does that matter? It's nice to find characters you can relate to but it can also be very inspiring to read about those who are different from you, too.