Tanya and the Red Shoes

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Tanya, the spunky little ballerina who has danced through six other books by Gauch and Ichikawa, is growing up-but not as quickly as she wants to! When she sees the famous ballet The Red Shoes, Tanya wants to dance on toe, too. But everyone says "Not yet. One day, perhaps." When the day comes-and it does-her new point shoes are not at all what she dreamed. She feels like an elephant: clunk, clunk, clunk. Will Tanya ever make her dreams come true? Knowing Tanya, she will.

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Overview

Tanya, the spunky little ballerina who has danced through six other books by Gauch and Ichikawa, is growing up-but not as quickly as she wants to! When she sees the famous ballet The Red Shoes, Tanya wants to dance on toe, too. But everyone says "Not yet. One day, perhaps." When the day comes-and it does-her new point shoes are not at all what she dreamed. She feels like an elephant: clunk, clunk, clunk. Will Tanya ever make her dreams come true? Knowing Tanya, she will.

Tanya wants to dance in toe shoes the way her sister does.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tanya gets the toe shoes she's been dreaming of in Tanya and the Red Shoes by Patricia Lee Gauch, illus. by Satomi Ichikawa. With time, practice and some help from her big sister, the heroine finally flies; the artwork portrays her joyous movement as well as her hopefulness and determination. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Tanya, the heroine of Gauch's other ballet books, longs to dance sur pointes, but is told by her dance teacher and her older sister, also a dancer, that she will dance on her toes "one day, perhaps." Tanya is frustrated. She is tired of her soft, babyish slippers and despairs that "one day" will never come. After seeing the old movie "The Red Shoes," she yearns for a pair of magical red toe shoes. At last, her teacher announces their class is ready to go up on their toes. Tanya holds her new toe shoes "like flowers," and is unbearably excited. But when she gets blisters, she throws her new shoes across the room. Her sister Elise shows Tanya that magic comes with practice, that whirling pirouettes and gravity-defying leaps can only be accomplished in toe shoes¾and with time. Eventually, Tanya dances sur pointes, making her dream come true. Satomi Ichikawa's lively watercolor and ink illustrations capture Tanya's every mood and movement. A book for young dancers everywhere, or anyone with a dream who should realize that hard work and practice create magic. 2002, Philomel,
— Candice Ransom
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Gauch and Ichikawa continue their successful partnership in this sixth picture book about a girl who lives to dance. In each successive book, Tanya has grown, matured, and become an increasingly more competent dancer, but her underlying character is delightfully unchanged. As this book opens, she is almost ready for her first pair of toe shoes, which she impatiently and desperately desires. When the anticipated moment finally arrives, she is frustrated to learn how difficult it is to dance-or even move-sur pointes. However, with slow and careful practice, Tanya makes real progress and is, as always, optimistic that she will eventually realize her dreams. Ichikawa's loose and vibrant watercolors animate the lively child with humor and affection. She is rendered in all her moods and movements as a character equally appealing to readers who have known her since her toddler years (in Dance, Tanya [Philomel, 1989]) and to those making her acquaintance for the first time.-Dorian Chong, San Jose State University, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Talented little Tanya is growing up, and she's starring now in her sixth story from collaborators Gauch and Ichikawa (Presenting Tanya the Ugly Duckling, 1999, etc.). Like all female ballet students, Tanya longs to begin pointe work with her first pair of toe shoes, especially after she watches the movie version of The Red Shoes. Her class finally gets toe shoes (though children at the age shown are really too young to begin serious pointe work), and they slowly learn to dance sur pointes, as their teacher says. Tanya struggles through blisters, feeling like an elephant, and actually flinging her toe shoes across the room, but she perseveres with plenty of practice and some kind encouragement from her older sister, an experienced dancer. Tanya extends her budding accomplishments on the final page (and the cover) with a dream sequence of herself dancing skillfully in her own red toe shoes. Effectively capturing Tanya's effervescent personality, Ichikawa's polished watercolor-and-ink illustrations also show a superb understanding of the proper positions and dynamics of ballet, right down to finger placement and the correct tilt of the head. Gauch's first-person story has Tanya wobbling believably between a frustrated little girl and a determined young dancer, but the lovely cover illustration of Tanya in a perfect arabesque shows us that she is ready to soar. Brava, Tanya-come back again for another encore. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399233142
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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