Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots (Every Cowgirl Series)by Rebecca Janni, Lynne Avril, Casey Holloway
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?
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)
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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This book is great for girls who have just moved and have a wild imagination. It's about making friends and being yourself!
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!
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.