Children's Literature - Melinda Medley SprinkleMost little girls love to dance on their toes and play dress up. Rosie O'Meara is no different. She dreams about becoming a beautiful ballerina and would be honored to follow in the footsteps of her late grandmother, Genevieve. Other than dancing, Rosie adores her grandpa and enjoys spending time with him. His birthday is less than a month away and she has planned a surprise ballet for him. There is only one problem! Grandpas travel plans interfere with his birthday surprise. What will Rosie do? Will grandpa make his trip? This is a lovely story that emphasizes strong family relationships. Children will love reading about Rosie in the "Ballet Slippers" series, and how she solves her problems.
School Library JournalGr 1-4--Another delightful addition to the series. Rosie O'Meara is planning a special birthday surprise for her grandfather: her ballet class is going to dance the story of "Cinderella." Conflicts arise when Grandpa is invited to visit England, where old family and familiar places await him, and he will miss the ballet surprise. When he decides to stay home, Rosie realizes he is only doing it for her and urges him to go. All ends happily with a family party before he leaves. Ballet terms are sprinkled throughout and are defined in a glossary. While there is enough about ballet to satisfy dance lovers, Rosie's relationships with her best friend and her brother make this a well-rounded story about family and friends. Durrell's lighthearted line illustrations highlight the text. An easy-to-read chapter book that will hold young readers' interest until the last "entrechat."--Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
Write a Review
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >