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
"Selena ('Who did not walk so much as twirl,/ Who did not skip so much as prance') wants to be a ballerina, but her untidy black hair, round chin, and pudgy tummy are conspicuously unballerinalike. She could have a teacher who is scornful of her dancing dreams, but Miss Tutu is the ballet teacher everyone wishes for, and this is as much her story as it is Selena's. 'What matters most is from the start,/ My dear, you've always danced with heart,' she reassures Selena after a fall, holding her close. Selena responds by working hard, not just for one class, but for several years. When Selena finally finishes her starring role in the big recital (which ends in slapstick disaster), Miss Tutu is waiting in the wings: 'Selena looked about. Ã¢Â€Â˜What now?'/ Miss Tutu whispered, Ã¢Â€Â˜Take your bow.' ' Ellis's (The Twelve Days of Springtime) slightly clunky mixed media cartoons have the same uneasy relationship to Newman's (Just Like Mama) crisp verse as Selena does to the world of ballet, but they do a good job of portraying Selena's changing emotions. Ages 4 8. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
From the author of "Just Like Mama" and the illustrator of "The Twelve Days of Kindergarten" comes a charming, humorous story about a young girl who loves to dance, and the teacher who encourages her. Full color.
About the Author
Lesland#233;a Newman is the author of fifty books for adults and children, including Eight Nights of Chanukah and Just Like Mama. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.lesleakids.com.
Carey Armstrong-Ellis is the illustrator of the bestselling Twelve Days books. She lives in Cape Neddick, Maine. Visit her online at www.slugworksrocks.com.