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Wednesday, February 2, 2022



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. 

Cassandra's Review: This book is both fun and helpful for children to learn about ballet with charming pictures, useful facts, relatable situations, and a dash of humor this is a all around great read for children of all ages.

I received a complimentary copy. 

Nancy Paris is an alumna of The Julliard 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!

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