The Best Figure Skater in the Whole Wide World

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All Lizzy wants is to be the best figure skater in the whole wide world. When she begins taking lessons, Lizzy discovers that ice-skating is a lot harder than it looks. Even so, she is determined to learn. And when her teacher announces that the class will be performing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the winter carnival, Lizzy knows she can skate the lead. But Lizzy's dreams are shattered when she is cast as a lowly tree. She valiantly perseveres, and on the day of the show, Lizzy spontaneously leads the ...
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Overview

All Lizzy wants is to be the best figure skater in the whole wide world. When she begins taking lessons, Lizzy discovers that ice-skating is a lot harder than it looks. Even so, she is determined to learn. And when her teacher announces that the class will be performing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the winter carnival, Lizzy knows she can skate the lead. But Lizzy's dreams are shattered when she is cast as a lowly tree. She valiantly perseveres, and on the day of the show, Lizzy spontaneously leads the other "trees" in a performance no one will ever forget! Young readers will love this spunky heroine who overcomes her setbacks with imagination and humor and discovers her own special way to shine.
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Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
This is a delightful book, with genuine ups and downs, vivid childhood passions, and a cheeky and amusing solution. The illustrations, by Alan and Lea Daniel, are complex, lively, funny, and at the same level as the text.
From the Publisher
Bailey deftly portrays the ambition, desire, disappointment, and creative solution to a common setback. Lizzy’s character is visually drawn through expressive, muted gouache illustrations, highlighting her various emotional reactions. In addition, classmates are depicted as a multi-ethnic group with varied skating abilities.

... this story is a useful and an engaging example of overcoming disappointment. All children can relate to the experience of not being chosen for a part they feel they should have. Use this colorful celebration of spunk to spark up a story hour.

This is a delightful book, with genuine ups and downs, vivid childhood passions, and a cheeky and amusing solution. The illustrations, by Alan and Lea Daniel, are complex, lively, funny, and at the same level as the text.

From The Critics
Ice skating looks so easy, but Lizzy learns that it is much harder than skating on the floor. She determinedly practices very hard, but when the children are chosen for the program, Lizzy is selected to be a tree. Even though she is disappointed she finds a surprising way to handle it. This is a very real, everyday story about hoping, dreaming, and dealing with disappointment. 2001, Kids Can Press, $15.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
That's all Lizzy wants to be—the best. Dreams are one thing, but Lizzy finds that becoming a champion is another. She tries as hard as she can, but so do all the others, and when the cast for the Winter Carnival performance of Snow White is announced, Lizzy is only one of the trees. "It's not fair," Lizzy sobs. But of course, life often isn't. How Lizzy finally makes her role into one that she can enjoy forms a fitting end. The Daniels create a very vital heroine surrounded with family and skating chums in naturalistic settings that emphasize the emotion of the young, ambitious athletes. The others are real individuals, while Lizzy is a believable imp with ambition that just won't quit¾one many youngsters can identify with. 2001, Kids Can Press, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Lizzy's ambitious dream is to be a champion figure skater. She practices her twirls and lutzes around the living room while watching the performers on TV. On the first day of lessons, though, Lizzy sees that figure skating is very difficult and continually falls on her bottom, but resolves to practice, practice, practice. And she does. When the teacher announces the class will skate the story of Snow White, the child is tearfully disappointed to be cast as one of the trees, a role that requires very little movement and more of a standing-still pose. However, on the day of the performance, her exuberance comes through as she leads her fellow trees in a creative ice-dance sequence at the close of the show. Bailey deftly portrays the ambition, desire, disappointment, and creative solution to a common setback. Lizzy's character is visually drawn through expressive, muted gouache illustrations, highlighting her various emotional reactions. In addition, classmates are depicted as a multiethnic group with varied skating abilities. A nice addition to picture-book collections.- Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Talk
... this story is a useful and an engaging example of overcoming disappointment. All children can relate to the experience of not being chosen for a part they feel they should have. Use this colorful celebration of spunk to spark up a story hour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550748819
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Edition description: Firsy Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 817,630
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Together and independently, husband and wife artists Alan and Lea Daniel have illustrated scores of children's books, including The Dream Collector and Sody Salleratus. They live in Kitchener, Ontario.

Together and independently, husband and wife artists Alan and Lea Daniel have illustrated scores of children's books, including The Dream Collector and Sody Salleratus. They live in Kitchener, Ontario.

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