Tallulah's Tutuby Marilyn Singer, Alexandra Boiger
It takes more than plies and pirouettes to be a ballerinait takes patience, practice, and perseverance, as little Tallulah discovers in this delightful story filled with pink leotards, ballet slippers, and ultimately, a tutu!
"Without preaching, [Marilyn Singer and Alexandra Boiger] score some important points about the value of patience, persistence, and the pursuit of perfection."—Publishers Weekly
"A nice addition to the recently growing collection of ballet-themed books." —Booklist
"The glittery pink cover and endpaper spreads of the five ballet positions are appealing, and Singer weaves the language of ballet throughout her story."—Kirkus Reviews
Young Tallulah knows she can be "a great ballerina—if only she had a tutu." She works hard in ballet class, which her mother tells her is also necessary, but her teacher rewards her with hugs—not a tutu. Tallulah decides that the tutu must be coming from Paris but is stuck in traffic in New Jersey. Several classes later the tutu still has not arrived, so Tallulah throws a tutu temper tantrum and quits. She does keep dancing in the street, in the park and in the supermarket. There, an encounter with a tutu-clad young girl who cannot dance turns the tables and Tallulah sees the light. She will take class and, in time, earn her tutu. The setting is an upscale New York City neighborhood artfully depicted in the watercolor illustrations. Tallulah's little brother, who loves to dance, and an adorable dog provide some comic relief. The glittery pink cover and endpaper spreads of the five ballet positions are appealing, and Singer weaves the language of ballet throughout her story. Unfortunately, the behavioral issues are too easily resolved, leaving readers to believe that earning a tutu really doesn't take all that much more application than Tallulah has already shown. An additional purchase.(Picture book. 3-6)
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- 8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Marilyn Singer is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including the Tallulah books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut. For more information, please visit: www.marilynsinger.net.
Alexandra Boiger grew up in Munich, Germany. She has illustrated many picture and chapter books, including five popular books about ballerina Tallulah. She lives in Northern California. www.alexandraboiger.com.
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A beautifully illustrated story of patience and persistence. Perfect for tiny dancers!