Synopses & Reviews
The first book in a fun new series about two sisters who love ballet!
Little Sylvie likes to play dress-up and dance in the garden with her big sister. But Sylvie is too young for ballet class. And Sylvie does NOT want to be an elf in games of pretend.
When an unintentional haircut leaves Sylvie's hair too short for braids, big sister comes to the rescue by creating a set of braids from an old pair of tights!
New readers will delight in the funny antics of little Sylvie and in the patience of her big sister!
The unnamed older sister, the story's narrator, takes ballet, and she is the swan. Younger sister, Sylvie, a dancer wannabe, is the duckling. This story, with a simple text in an easy-reader format that will attract beginning readers, follows the sisters as Sylvie tries to emulate her older sibling. Sometimes Sylvie is a willing supplicant, but sometimes she rebels. I don't want to be an elf,” she cries to Sis, who is dressed as the fairy queen. Sometimes Sylvie's efforts to emulate her sister backfire, as when she tries to neaten up her hair like her sister's and cuts it off by mistake. (Sister makes her an adorable braid wig from panty hose.) There's no real story here, but the sisterly relationship resonates, and Ormerod's distinctive illustrations, often featuring just the two girls against a white background, are as sweet as they can be. Ilene Cooper
Little Sylvie likes to play dress-up and dance in the garden with her big sister. When an unintentional haircut leaves Sylvie's hair too short for braids, big sister comes to the rescue by creating a set of braids from an old pair of tights. Full color.
Sylvie and her older sister dance their way through make-believe adventures that include princesses, fairy queens, swans, and ducklings.
Wanting to emulate her sister in every way, Little Sylvie plays dress up and dances around the garden like a beautiful ballerina, but when her decision to cut her hair goes awry and ruins her ballerina look, her big sister is only more than happy to come to the rescue using only a pair of tights and their colorful imagination!