Mia and the Too Big Tutu (My First I Can Read Series)by Robin Farley, Aleksey Ivanov, Olga Ivanov
Mia wants to be a dancer.But her tutu won’t stay up!Can she dance in front ofher class without trippingover her tutu?
Children's Literature - Nancy BaumannMia is ecstatic. Mom has enrolled her in ballet classes so Mia can learn to dance like her older sister. On the first day of dance class, Mia has her slippers, tutu, tights and leotard packed and ready to go. Anticipating an exciting lesson, Mia hurries to the dressing room to change. Unfortunately Mia discovers she has packed her big sister's tutu instead of her own. It falls down every time Mia moves, spoiling her dance lesson. While Mia is feeling sorry for herself, her friend Ruby is also feeling bad. Ruby's long legs are always tripping her. Finally the girls are coaxed from the dressing room by Miss Bird, the ballet instructor. Mia tells Ruby she will dance if Ruby will. The two girls whirl and twirl and receive applause from their classmates and teacher for trying hard. This is a beginning to read book for emerging readers and provides a humorous story young children will enjoy hearing and re-reading themselves. A small glossary of ballet terms is included for background information. Simple colorful illustrations lend action and humor. This would be a good addition for a beginner reader section. Reviewer: Nancy Baumann
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1—Scat, Cat! tells the story of a lost striped cat trying to find its way home. In Mia, a cat that is an aspiring dancer takes her older sister's tutu, by mistake, to her first dance class. Both books have short, simple sentences and easy plotlines, good devices for beginning readers. The first title is a bit more successful in this regard as it employs more word and phrase repetition. Large, colorful illustrations and an easy-to-read typeface make both books visually appealing. Pictures in Mia are slightly more whimsical, and the cover illustration of a happy kitten twirling in a pink tutu is sure to grab young girls' attention.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
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