Synopses & Reviews
Selena is a little girl and#8220;who does not walk so much as twirl.and#8221; When her mother takes her to Miss Tutuand#8217;s school of ballet, Selena has a bit of trouble with some of the steps, but still she practices and practices to get them right. Finally the time comes for Selena to make her debut. But she is terrified. Will her fear stop her from becoming Miss Tutuand#8217;s star?
Lesland#233;a Newmanand#8217;s lyrical and humorous story about achieving oneand#8217;s dream is perfectly matched with Carey Armstrong-Ellisand#8217;s witty and charming illustrations, which are filled with little stories of their own.
FandP level: I
Tallulah just knows she could be a great ballerina--if only she had a tutu. She signs up for ballet class with great anticipation, only to be disappointed when tutus aren't handed out. When she learns that one must earn
a tutu in dance class, she quits in a huff. But everywhere Tallulah goes, things keep reminding her of ballet. Her neighbor's basset hound always stands in second position, and Tallulah always does a plie when patting him. And she can't pass a store window without doing a beautiful finish, or hear music over the grocery store intercom without performing. In the end, Tallulah returns to dance lessons because she can't stay away, and, after working hard all year . . . she gets
Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy.
How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm -- with or without the frills.
Tallulah just knew she could be a great ballerina, if only she had a tutu. So she starts ballet class. When she does not receive a tutu, she quits. But everywhere she goes, things keep reminding her of ballet. Her neighborand#8217;s basset hound always stands in second position. The kitchen clock performs perfect ronds de jambe. And Tallulah canand#8217;t seem to stop doing ballet, either. A park bench makes a perfect barre, and what better way to pet the dog than with a graceful pliand#233;? This well-told, funny story with a smart new character will satisfy girlsand#8217; cravings for pretty and pink, but also shows that ballet is about more than just the tutu.
This is ELLA. She is six years old. She lives at the Local Hotel. She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.) She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be. Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompsonand#8217;s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.
Little Red Riding Hood is adorably re-cast as a very
littleand#160;precocious toddler in this modern, sweetand#160;retelling of the classic tale.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; When Very Little Red Riding Hood encounters the Big Bad Wolf she cries, and#8220;A Foxie!and#8221; and gives him a huge hug. Her considerable charm and fearlessness quickly turn the Wolf from deadly foe to confused ally. At Grandmaand#8217;s (who is appropriately terrified at first), Wolf is invited in for an exhausting afternoon of tea parties, dancing, and hide-and-seek. But as parents will surely recognize, an over-tired and homesick pre-schooler is far scarier than any wolf. As Little Red melts down from missing her mummy, Wolfand#8217;s moment of truth arrives and rather than and#8220;eat her upand#8221; he cheers her up and all three and#8220;sleep happily ever after.and#8221;
and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;This is the first bookand#160;in a must-have read-aloud series ofand#160;three, followed by Very Little Cinderella, and Very Little Sleeping Beauty.
This is the story of the Very Little Red Riding Hood.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Very Little Red Riding Hood is little.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Very little.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; She's off to her Grandmama's for a sleepover, and she won't let anything stand in her way.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Not evenand#160;a Wolf.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Joinand#160;Very Little Red Riding Hoodand#160;on a very BIG adventure in the first book of this adorable new picture book series.
Lulu prefers playing basketball to playing with dolls. So when the boys wonand#8217;t let her join their school-yard team, she decides to host a Basket Balland#8212;where ball gowns are traded in for sequined basketball jerseys and high-top heels! Girls travel from all over the world to attend the ball, shooting hoops, showing off their skills, and forming a league of their own.
Bestselling and award-winning author Esmand#233; Raji Codell has crafted an action-packed, slam-dunk picture book that will appeal to girlie girls and sporty girls alike.
The book includes a glossary of basketball terms.
About the Author
Tallulah just knew she could be a great ballerina, if only she had a tutu. So she starts ballet class. When she does not receive a tutu, she quits. But everywhere she goes, things keep reminding her of ballet. Her neighborand#8217;s basset hound always stands in second position. The kitchen clock performs perfectronds de jambe
. And Tallulah canand#8217;t seem to stop doing ballet, either. A park bench makes a perfectbarre,
and what better way to pet the dog than with a gracefulpliand#233;
? This well-told, funny story with a smart new character will satisfy girlsand#8217; cravings for pretty and pink, but also shows that ballet is about more than just the tutu. "But without preaching,and#160; [Marilyn Singer and Alexandra Boiger] score some important points about the value of patience, persistence, and the pursuit of perfection."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
"Even children who don't share Tallulah's ballet dreams may long for such an idyllic world." and#8212;Booklist
"The glittery pink cover and endpaper spreads of the five ballet positions are appealing, and Singer weaves the language of ballet throughout her story."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"This endearing story teaches children the value of earning something and that the joy of the journey can be just as sweet as the reward....The muted, rosy illustrations create a soft mood and complement the tone of the story beautifully."and#8212;School Library Journal
For Marilyn Singer City Lullaby
and#8226;Time Magazine's Top Ten Books of the Year
and#8226;Parents' Choice Award
and#8226;Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading Listand#160;
"Singer smartly leans on dynamic action verbs and delayed rhymes to convey New York's electricity, piling up the onomatopoeic sounds in a way that rewards reading aloud . . . a love song to the city."
and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
"A good time for all, especially those under four." and#8212;TimeMagazine
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
"Singer uses 'reverso"'poems, a form of her creation, to show that there are two sides to every fairy tale (the poems can be read backward and forward)."and#8212;Publishers Weekly,starred review
"A marvel to read . . . A remarkable clever and versatile book."and#8212;School Library Journal,starred reviewand#160;
"A visual and verbal feast." and#8212;Booklist,starred reviewand#160;
" Through a poetic invention she dubs the reverso, Singer meditates on twelve familiar folktales. " and#8212;Horn Book Magazine,starred reviewand#160;
"A mesmerizing and seamless celebration of language, imagery and perspective."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews,starred review
for Alexandra Boiger Thanks a LOT, Emily Post!
and#8226;Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award "A nicely designed, refreshingly offbeat view of etiquette." and#8212;Booklist,starred review
While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat
and#8226;Beehive Award Master List (Utah)
and#8226;Kansas State Reading Circle Primary Title
and#8226;Parents' Choice Award
and#8226;A JLG Selection
and#8226;Book Sense Pick
"Boiger illustrates the burgeoning chaos with a wispy, whimsical elegance reminiscent of Hilary Knight's art, placing a very small, tousled redhead in gracious, upper-crust surroundings, and adorning the array of partyers in Depression-era evening garb."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"Newcomer Boiger fluidly conveys both the heroine's frazzled feelings and her can-do attitude. The fashions and accessories, such as the party guests' attire and Mama's phone, have a 1920s feel; Rose's home, a quaint Victorian row house, seems to expand inside to accommodate the gala festivities in full-bleed spreads." and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8226;Parents' Choice AwardMarilyn Singer is the prolific author of a wide range of books for children, includingCity Lullaby,which was called "a love song to the city" in theNew York Times Book Reviewand was one ofTime Magazine's Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. Her recentMirror, Mirror(Dutton) has received multiple starred reviews and hit thePWbestseller list.Marilyn is a highly active promoter of her books and lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.marilynsinger.net