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Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots (Every Cowgirl Series)

Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots (Every Cowgirl Series)

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by Rebecca Janni

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Nellie Sue is back with brand-new dancing boots and her usual cowgirl flair. She knows that dancing would be more fun with friends, but her new neighbors, the Glitter Girls, would rather pirouette and twirl than hoedown. Nellie decides to throw a Barnyard Bash and invite the whole neighborhood. With her big imagination, Nellie transforms her garage into the perfect


Nellie Sue is back with brand-new dancing boots and her usual cowgirl flair. She knows that dancing would be more fun with friends, but her new neighbors, the Glitter Girls, would rather pirouette and twirl than hoedown. Nellie decides to throw a Barnyard Bash and invite the whole neighborhood. With her big imagination, Nellie transforms her garage into the perfect place to do-si-do. Soon everyone is joining in, but could a slip, a trip, and a slide cause her big bash to be a big messy flop?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having secured a trusty horse (er... pink bike) in her previous outing and picked out a flashy pair of "dancin' boots," now all Nellie Sue needs are some like-minded companions. She invites the neighborhood—including the "glitter girls" who prefer ballet slippers to cowgirl boots—to a "Barnyard Bash." Janni and Avril lovingly capture Nellie Sue's devotion to her cowgirl persona, charmingly out of synch with her suburban surroundings. When the whole neighborhood appears at the garage door, it's enough to turn the sunset-lit clouds into galloping horses. Though spilled lemonade makes the proceedings a little sticky, readers who share Nellie Sue's passionate nature will cheer her persistence and success. Ages 3–5. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Nellie Sue is a cowgirl through and through. But she is a little lonely, so her mom suggests that she meet the three "glitter girls" who have just moved in across the street. When she tries, the two older sisters snub her, making it clear they would rather stick to their ballet. So Nellie Sue tries to welcome them by throwing a "barnyard bash" for the whole neighborhood. When there is a mishap on the dance floor, it is up to Anna, the youngest sister, to find a compromise between a country two-step and ballet. This is a strong story about how to be a friend and how friends meet in the middle. It is sure to appeal to girls who love pink (Nellie Sue is dressed in pink from her hat to her cowgirl boots), sparkly tutus, and accessories. Avril finds innovative ways to combine the ballet and cowgirl themes. Some text blocks are in the middle of a perfectly thrown lasso and clouds are shaped like horses. The illustrations have energy and movement, just like the children depicted.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Children's Literature - Susan Borges
The spirited and delightful Nellie Sue is back in this adorable book for any and all young girls who like pink, glitter, birthdays, dancing, ponies, puppies, and friends. Nellie Sue wants to dance but she cannot go dancing alone in her new cowgirl dancing boots. What is a lonely cowgirl to do? How can Nellie Sue attract the attention of the neighborhood "glitter girls" who are wearing pink ballet slippers? No problem if you have a two-wheeled horse to ride, a supportive mom, determination, and a few good ideas about how to throw a barnyard bash! This charming story is written in spunky language that transports young readers to the world of barn dances, two-steppin' music, back yard hoedowns, and old fashioned fun. The colorful and whimsical illustrations are charming and heart-warming. Readers will love the detail of each illustration as they read about how Nellie Sue uses her spunk and creativity to lure the "glitter girls" to a barn dance she organizes in her own garage. This wonderful story is sure to be a favorite of young girls everywhere and the next story they will want to read is Rebecca Janni's Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse. Reviewer: Susan Borges
Kirkus Reviews

What better way to make friends than throwing a party?

Nellie Sue has a new pair of pink dancing boots, but she can't go out dancing alone. Mama suggests befriending the new girls that she sees playing on the street. Nellie Sue saddles up her pink "two-wheeled horse" and invites the three girls to go for a ride; the youngest (about Nellie Sue's age) seems interested, but her older sister says, "Not in ballet slippers." Nellie Sue is discouraged, but only for a minute; her dog Ginger gives her a great idea! She makes some pretty invitations and gets back on her horse, galloping "like the Pony Express" to ask the neighbor girlsto her "Barn Dance." The whole neighborhood shows up, and Nellie Sue commences to dance. But the floor is slick and she takes a tumble, bringing the refreshments and most of the guests down with her. Ginger starts giving everybody on the floor sloppy dog kisses. It looks like Nellie Sue's party will be a disaster until that youngest girl, whose name is Anna, laughs. Finally, the ice is broken. Nellie Sue drops g's and uses cowgirl idiom with abandon; her adherence to the cowgirl "code of honor" is endearing. Avril's line-and-watercolor cartoons keep the visual tone light.

A passel of fun activities—dancing, crafting, biking and dress up—are tucked into Janni's tonic tale of imagination and optimism. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Every Cowgirl Series
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Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.38(d)
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Rebecca Janni is a teacher and a cowgirl. She lives near Des Moines, Iowa.

Lynne Avril is a cowgirl, painter, and bass player. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for girls who have just moved and have a wild imagination. It's about making friends and being yourself!
RadcliffeNJ More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series, I would recommend reading "Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse" first. However, this book can be read on its own and has the same high quality illustrations and story as the original. This time, Nellie Sue, wants to have a place to use her new dancing boots so she decides to have a barn dance in her garage. She wants to invite the new girls across the street but they are "Glitter Girls" as she calls them - the girlie-ballet-lessons kind of girls. This book is about how she makes friends with one of the girls who is her age, but the obstacle is that she has to relate to someone who seems very different from her. Nellie Sue talks like a Cowgirl and I just love the dialog. My favorite line is when she is having some failed attempts at making friends and she says, "I wish I could have given up, but I'm a Cowgirl, and we have a code of ethics." Like the first book, this one is a perfect blend of warm and funny, with a good lesson to be learned and beautiful illustrations to enhance the story. I highly recommend it!
GrandpaInTexas More than 1 year ago
I live in Texas and my grandkids are in Minnesota. I send them a book every month. My granddaughter LOVES to dance and LOVES this book. It's such a cute story and the illustrations are so well done.