Miss Tutu's Starby Leslea Newman, Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
Selena is a little girl “who does not walk so much as twirl.” When her mother takes her to Miss Tutu’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
Selena is a little girl “who does not walk so much as twirl.” When her mother takes her to Miss Tutu’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 Tutu’s star?
Lesléa Newman’s lyrical and humorous story about achieving one’s dream is perfectly matched with Carey Armstrong-Ellis’s witty and charming illustrations, which are filled with little stories of their own.
F&P level: I
F&P genre: RF
Little spike-haired Selena so loves dance that her mother enrolls her in Miss Tutu's ballet school, where she demonstrates passion and style but no grace. She learns her steps, studies hard and two years later makes her stage debut in a student recital. The story is told in AABB rhyming quatrains with occasional awkward scanning. The illustrations are colorful and portray a multicultural array of boys and girls engaged in something more akin to awkward but energetic physical movement than the more precise study of ballet steps. Selena's round face and round derriere displayed in her stage bow after a performance that literally knocks over her fellow students are not likely to be seen in any serious ballet school, nor would a ballet teacher demonstrate standing on pointe to such little children. Selena's constant mix-ups are balanced by her determination, an admirable quality but not one that would overcome her deficits in any real-world ballet situation. Pink glitter on the cover doesn't quite elevate this to the level of necessary purchase. (Picture book. 4-7)
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.98(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.39(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Lesléa 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.
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For all of us with two left feet, this story illustrates how desire and heart can make even the biggest clutz a star.
Did you ever have a time, perhaps while giving a speech in school or playing a piece for a piano recital, when you had to perform before a lot of people and were afraid? Selena is a little girl "who does not walk so much as twirl." So her mother enrolls her in Miss Tutu's Dance Academy. At first Selena has a little trouble with some of the steps, but Miss Tutu says "You've' got guts." This encourages Selena to practice and learn, and even though she still makes mistakes, she presses on. Then comes the time for her debut, and she is terrified. What will she do? And how will it all turn out? To be truthful, ballet has never been among my personally favorite expressions of the arts. However, many girls, and boys too, enjoy ballet. And there is more to this book than just ballet. The rhyming text by Leslea Newman, who is the author of more than fifty books for adults and children, including the lovely Just Like Mama, and the humorous illustrations by Carey Armstrong-Ellis combine to tell a delightful and funny tale about a girl with a dream and the teacher who encourages her. Miss Tutu's Star provides a great example of how being positive can help young children achieve their goals. It can serve to motivate not only ballerinas and, um "ballerdudes," but all youngsters to do their best and "reach for the stars."