Tallulah's Solo

Tallulah's Solo

by Marilyn Singer, Alexandra Boiger
     
 

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Ballet and sibling rivalry meet head on in this sweet companion to Tallulah’s Tutu, in which headstrong ballerina Tallulah dreams of performing a solo in a ballet performance until her little brother begins dance class and disrupts her plans, from Marilyn Singer, lushly illustrated by Alexandra Boiger.See more details below

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Ballet and sibling rivalry meet head on in this sweet companion to Tallulah’s Tutu, in which headstrong ballerina Tallulah dreams of performing a solo in a ballet performance until her little brother begins dance class and disrupts her plans, from Marilyn Singer, lushly illustrated by Alexandra Boiger.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tallulah, the aspiring ballerina whose tutu tunnel vision led to a meltdown in Tallulah’s Tutu, is as determined as ever to achieve her dancing dream. But when her brother, Beckett, who does nothing but pick his nose and goof off in ballet class, wins a bigger role than she does in a production of The Frog Prince, Tallulah is seriously chagrined. Though Tallulah’s turnaround is a tad hasty, Singer conveys her initial frustration and disappointment with authenticity, while Boiger’s gouache and watercolor art is as fluid and graceful as a pirouette. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (May)
From the Publisher

"[A] charming follow-up to 2011's Tallulah's Tutu."  --The New York Times Book Review

"A lovely story that gently and effectively presents common childhood difficulties wrapped in a world of tutus and sparkles."--Kirkus Reviews

"A lovely tribute to the closeness of brothers and sisters, this title holds appeal for the child needing patience, yet wanting to be recognized."--School Library Journal "Conveys Tallulah’s shifting emotions as a dancer and as a sister with equal perception and finesse. Full of light and grace, Boiger’s watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life in lively paintings. An appealing choice for ballet lovers and a fine sequel to Tallulah’s Tutu"--Booklist

"Boiger's gouache and watercolor art is as fluid and graceful as a pirouette."--Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Tallulah loves ballet. In fact, she loves ballet so much that her young brother, Beckett, wants to take ballet because of his sister's influence. But ballet lessons don't go as Tallulah planned. She is a serious ballet student who has her heart set on a solo part in the upcoming recital. But Beckett just wants to play, and he gets in trouble during class because he does not take it as seriously as Tallulah. When it is time to try out for "The Frog Prince" recital, Tallulah tries her very best. She is certain she will get a solo part. She is devastated when she doesn't and even more devastated when Beckett gets the part of the frog prince. Tallulah pouts and refuses to put forth her best effort. But when Beckett gets frustrated with practice, Tallulah's mom reminds her that Beckett began ballet because he wanted to be like her. So Tallulah helps him practice. When Beckett performs well in the recital, he gives his sister credit. The choreographer rewards her by giving her a solo part in the next recital. Boiger's soft watercolor illustrations do an excellent job of showing the range of emotions Tallulah experiences throughout the book and is able to show the whimsical dreams of Tallulah as well. This book would make an excellent book for boys and girls interested in ballet. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Tallulah returns! Her plié and her relevé are excellent, and she is absolutely POSITIVE that she will have a solo in the winter recital. She is not so sure that her goof-off little brother will do well. She's shown him the barre, the mirrors, and the rest of the studio, but Beckett just can't concentrate for long—and, at one lesson, he ends up in the dreaded "time-out" chair. When he is given the larger role, Tallulah sulks with disappointment. In her more important role as big sister, however, she excels and is rewarded while helping Beckett do his best. Varied sizes of watercolor illustrations form backgrounds for the text and follow Tallulah's graceful moves and despondent mood. Readers are treated to her thoughts, highlighted with a bold change in font, and her fantasies, depicted in a dreamlike blue. A lovely tribute to the closeness of brothers and sisters, this title holds appeal for the child needing patience, yet wanting to be recognized.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
The ballerina-in-training sparkles in her return engagement when she learns to be a good big sister and to share the spotlight. Tallulah, of Tallulah's Tutu (2011), is certain that she will star in her school's winter recital of the Frog Prince and shows little patience with younger brother, Beckett, who has joined her in ballet studies. Her head swells with visions of flowers for her outstanding performance as the princess. Meanwhile, Beckett pays little attention and even spends a stint in the time-out chair. Surprise! Beckett's jumping skills land him the role of the Frog before princedom, and Tallulah is, alas, only a lady-in-waiting. The moment of reckoning arrives when their mother asks Tallulah to help her crying and nervous little brother. That she does, commendably. The result is a wonderful performance that is instrumental in landing each of them starring roles in the spring production of Hansel and Gretel. Veteran Singer approaches both issues—ego and sibling bonding—with a sure hand. Boiger once again uses watercolors in balletic shades of lilac, blue and green to great effect and creates a welcoming studio and stage setting. A lovely story that gently and effectively presents common childhood difficulties wrapped in a world of tutus and sparkles. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547330044
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
538,113
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"[A] charming follow-up to 2011's Tallulah's Tutu."  —The New York Times Book Review

"A lovely story that gently and effectively presents common childhood difficulties wrapped in a world of tutus and sparkles."—Kirkus Reviews

"A lovely tribute to the closeness of brothers and sisters, this title holds appeal for the child needing patience, yet wanting to be recognized."—School Library Journal "Conveys Tallulah’s shifting emotions as a dancer and as a sister with equal perception and finesse. Full of light and grace, Boiger’s watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life in lively paintings. An appealing choice for ballet lovers and a fine sequel to Tallulah’s Tutu"—Booklist

"Boiger's gouache and watercolor art is as fluid and graceful as a pirouette."Publishers Weekly

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