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Pardon My French – It’s the Language of Ballet: The Adventures of Lilly Nilly

Lilly Nilly is a spunky and precocious six-year-old in the delightful new book, Pardon My French – It’s the Language of Ballet: The Adventures of Lilly Nilly, written and illustrated by former NYC dancer and choreographer Nancy Paris.

Lilly Nilly is a wickedly smart, determined young dance student whose self-appointed mission is to figure out what the heck ballet is all about — and life too, coincidentally. She sees the world in an unconventional way, wears her curiosity on her sleeve, and explores life with a joie de vivre that kids and adults alike will find engaging and inspiring. Lilly’s musings include topics such as, “Why can’t you hang upside down on a ballet barre if it looks just like any other bar? ” Or, “If you’re going to go carpooling, should you wear a bathing suit?”

Lilly’s stories are funny and relatable to young readers, especially if they are ballet students themselves. A joyful approach to life can be empowering for adults, thanks to her sharp wit and strong will.”

Paris, who has used her own experiences as a professional dancer and teacher to inform her narrative, has drawn illustrations that Lilly Nilly could only have drawn. According to Paris, her mission is to encourage readers to trust their instincts, seek their own answers, and treat each other with kindness.

Even though the book was written for children, Paris always considered a wider audience. The book is amusing as well.

About The Author, Nancy Paris

Nancy Paris attends The Juilliard School and has performed professionally throughout the U.S. and Canada. In New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Palm Springs, and Puerto Rico, she has choreographed industrials and private events. The incidents in her stories are based on her own experiences, with the names changed to protect the innocent.

She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Charles Yurick, and enjoys writing and drawing because she can do them sitting down! The Adventures of Lilly Nilly series begins with Pardon, My French, the first of at least three books.

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