For young dance lovers, a picture book about a young boy whose father has the unique position as a ballet dancer. Written by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Thomas Forster.
Ben and his friends are playing in their favorite part of the classroom-- the dress-up corner! They are talking about what they want to be when they grow up. Rachel wants to be a tae kwon do master, Dixie wants to be a doctor like her auntie, and John wants to be a teacher just like their teacher, Mr. Underwood. But when Ben says he wants to fly just like his daddy, his friends are sure his daddy must be a pilot.
Ben tells his friends that they aren't even close, but he offers a few more clues. His daddy is strong, gentle, fierce, and fast. His friends have lots of guesses, but no one lands on the right one until Ben gives them the biggest clue of all.
Written by a dad who is also a professional ballet dancer, this story will appeal to all ballet dancing children and their loved ones.
Thomas Forster is a principal ballet dancerfor American Ballet Theatre. He trained at the Elmhurst School of Dance and the prestigious Royal Ballet Upper School in England, before building his career with American Ballet Theatre. Thomas lives in New Jersey with his wife, Leann, and their wonderful son, Benjamin.
Shari Siadat is an author, dancer, model, and activist, whose work focuses on identity, beauty standards, and movement as a mechanism for self-discovery.
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE is considered one of the greatest dance companies in the world. Revered as a national treasure since its founding in 1939, its mission is to create, present, preserve, and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing. Located in New York City, ABT tours the United States annually and has made more than 30 international tours to 45 countries. ABT's repertoire includes full-length classics from the nineteenth century, the finest works from the early twentieth century, and acclaimed contemporary masterpieces. In 2006, by an act of Congress, ABT became America's National Ballet Company®. Find out more at ABT.org and follow them on Instagram at @abtofficial and on Twitter at @ABTBallet.
Jami Gigot is an author-illustrator and created picture books such as Mae and the Moon and Imagination Vacation. She has worked as a digital artist on such feature films as Avatar, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. After living in Madison, Los Angeles, and London, she now lives in beautiful Vancouver, BC, with her husband, two children, and a big orange cat.