The Yellow Tutu

The Yellow Tutu

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by Kirsten Bramsen, Carin Bramsen

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It’s just tutu much fun!

What do you do with a beautiful yellow tutu? Why, put it on your head and pretend you’re a ray of sunshine! Little girls will love the story of Margo, a girl with a tutu and a brilliantly imaginative mind. Lively text and charming illustrations that celebrate individuality and friendship will have fans of this


It’s just tutu much fun!

What do you do with a beautiful yellow tutu? Why, put it on your head and pretend you’re a ray of sunshine! Little girls will love the story of Margo, a girl with a tutu and a brilliantly imaginative mind. Lively text and charming illustrations that celebrate individuality and friendship will have fans of this new author-illustrator sister act calling for an encore!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
Margo awakes to find a present at the foot of her bed. What is hidden inside this very special birthday surprise? She ponders over all that it could be. A doll, perhaps? Or an ant farm or even a fairy doll with glittering wings. Immediately she tears into the box to find the loveliest of gifts. A yellow tutu! She puts it on right over her pajamas. She cannot contain her wonder. She feels like sunshine. And if she feels like sunshine, she should look like sunshine. So she puts the tutu on her head and goes to school. Will the flowers stand tall and proud as she walks by? Will she trick the birds into singing a little louder? Will her friends be amazed by the beauty that sits atop her head? She arrives to a smattering of observations and utterances, most of them unkind. Except for Pearl, who compares Margo's beautiful appearance to a sunflower. This is all Margo needs to hear to once again be filled with the simple joy she felt when she first laid eyes on her delicate yellow tutu. Both Kirsten and Carin Bramsen capture the exuberance and innocence of a child's imagination through words and stunning illustrations. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Margo is excited about her birthday gift. With the yellow tutu on her waist she pretends to be a dancer, but when she puts it on her head she becomes the sun. She can't wait to go to school and show her friends how she shines on everything she sees, but some of the children make fun of her "tutu head." Tears begin to well up in her eyes until Pearl rescues her. She has a pink tutu and together she and Margo put the skirts on their heads and enjoy a tea party in the garden after school. This is a sweet story of youthful exuberance, imagination, and friendship. Kirsten Bramsen has a keen understanding of the workings of children's minds. Margo is a believable little girl; she is so innocent and enthusiastic that readers will readily enter her pretend world. Carin Bramsen's whimsical illustrations capture the text's energy and fun. Her style is reminiscent of classic, old-fashioned greeting cards with slightly muted lines and pastel colors. She shows Margo in the real world and in the world of her imagination, where bees smile and squirrels with sunglasses sip lemonade. Those who liked Margaret Chodos-Irvine's Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (2003) and Best Best Friends (2006, both Harcourt) will enjoy this sunny offering that reminds readers that all it takes is one friend to make everything better.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
When Margo receives a golden tutu for her birthday, she decides to wear it as a sparkly hairpiece instead of a dance costume. In light of her sunnier disposition, she envisions a brighter world. "Would the pavement heat up when she walked by, warmed by the brilliance of her rays?" Predictably, she is ridiculed for her unusual attire until a classmate defends Margo's creative spirit. While the girl's quirky independence is surprisingly refreshing, secondary characters are underdeveloped, doing little to spice up the too-sweet story. Occasionally, unnecessary details plod the pacing, while the conflict's too neatly resolved. Margo's tutu is the dominant feature against illustrator Bramsen's cool blue backgrounds; splashes of yellow rays convey a feathery, spongy texture. During lighthearted moments, whimsical daydreams exhibit a dreamlike glow, though Margo shines most in her isolation. In the depth of her vulnerability, with knees bent and head bowed, Margo's wilted tutu completely hides her face. Unfortunately, characters' occasionally gooey expressions disrupt the gentle pictorial narrative, leaving more sparkle than substance. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Random House Children's Books
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Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Kirsten Bramsen is a singer, actor, garden designer, and writer. She received her BA in theatre from DePaul University. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her park ranger husband, daughter, cat, and turtle.

Carin Bramsen received her BA in art history from Barnard College and has studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she illustrates, paints, and performs the occasional high-kick for the squirrels outside her window.

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The Yellow Tutu 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love2Dance More than 1 year ago
I have 3 daughters, and I just bought them The Yellow Tutu. I read it to them 4 times in a row-- they loved it so much. They also have been staring at the gorgeous illustrations all day long! It's such a beautiful book. After the first time I read the book to my daughters, they all had to go put their tutus on. One of my daughters even put it on her head and pretended to be the little girl(Margo) in the book! It's such a sweet story. The story really sends an important message too, without being preachy. It shows kids that it's alright to defend your friends if you believe in them; to stick up for what you believe in. That is so important in this day and age when bullies are such a problem in school. This book is so beautiful in so many ways. The illustrations are brilliantly painted. The story is very touching and surprisingly thought provoking. I highly recommend it. My daughters love it so much, they want a poster of the cover in their room! I'm going to buy it for all the children I know for Christmas and Birthday gifts.
Bust3r More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to see an ARC of The Yellow Tutu and my impression of the book is quite different than that of Kirkus Reviews. In essence, I found it to be a wonderful tale that evokes a wide range of emotion and promotes two of the most important characteristics that we can impart to our children, individuality and maintaining our beliefs. Of course where would this be without the synergism of friendship to make it happen. This wonderful story is embellished with the most delightful artwork of a quality that is rare in this day and age. I could go on about the contradictions within the Kirkus review, or the fact that the anonymous reviewer was probably removed forcibly from reviewing adult books(Secondary character underdevelopment? Conflict too neatly resolved? Gooey expressions??? Pardon me, it's a children's book...not Gone with the Wind.)Once again, unlike Kirkus I am not a I decided to show The Yellow Tutu to a qualified critic, my 6-year-old daughter. She was so impressed that I had to locate an actual tutu and will be ordering the book. The Yellow Tutu is truly a delightful, meaningful story and a work of art.