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Classical Kids Storytime: 'Harriet's Recital'

Classical Kids Storytime: Harriet's Recital Nancy Carlson for MPR
3min 42sec : Classical Kids Storytime: Harriet's Recital

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Harriet loves ballet class, but when her teacher announces a recital, she comes down with a bad case of stage fright. Will Harriet overcome her fears before the big performance? Find out in Harriet's Recital, the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring an original story and illustrations by Nancy Carlson and music by Tchaikovsky.

(See more of Carlson's illustrations in the gallery.)

Harriet's Recital, by Nancy Carlson. Text and illustrations ©1982 by Carolrhoda Books Inc., ©2006 by Nancy Carlson. Reprinted with the permission of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of Lerner Publishing Group Inc.

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Our telling of Harriet's Recital includes excerpts from the following work and recording:

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky
Naxos 572932

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Credits

Storyteller: Melissa Dundis
Writer: Nancy Carlson
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: James Napoli
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: Harriet's Recital Nancy Carlson for MPR
Harriet loved her ballet class. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Except for one thing: Once a year the class gave a recital. Harriet hated recitals. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"You'll do just fine, Harriet," said Miss Betty. "No, I won't," said Harriet. "I'll trip." Nancy Carlson for MPR
All week long Harriet worried about the recital. Nancy Carlson for MPR
When she took a bath, she thought about falling. Nancy Carlson for MPR
When she saw her mother sewing her costume, she worried that it would rip. Nancy Carlson for MPR
When she saw her mother sewing her costume, she worried that it would rip. Nancy Carlson for MPR
At last the big day arrived. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Harriet was terrified. Nancy Carlson for MPR
She knew she would never remember her dance. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The whole thing was a big mistake. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Everyone else in her class was ready. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Miss Betty was welcoming the audience. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"I can't do this," said Harriet as the class danced onto the stage. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"I can't do this," said Harriet as the class danced onto the stage. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"Just take a deep breath and relax," said Miss Betty. "I can't," said Harriet. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"On you go," said Miss Betty. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"Oh, no," said Harriet. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"Take a deep breath," Miss Betty whispered from offstage. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Harriet took one deep breath. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Then she took another. Nancy Carlson for MPR
She took one step. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Then she took one more. Nancy Carlson for MPR
And then... Nancy Carlson for MPR
She was dancing! Nancy Carlson for MPR
"You were wonderful," said Harriet's father. "Were you frightened?" said Harriet's mother. "Not a bit," said Harriet, and they all went out for a soda. Nancy Carlson for MPR

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