Toeshoe Trouble (Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series #2)

Toeshoe Trouble (Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series #2)

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by Whoopi Goldberg, Maryn Roos
     
 

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A ballet slipper-ey slope

Brenda Black prides herself on her logical and orderly mind. She studies anatomy books to get a twelve-year head start on medical school, and she idolizes Leonardo da Vinci. But things go haywire when her spoiled cousin Tiffany comes to visit. At first Brenda tries to ignore Tiffany's constant bragging. But when Tiffany implies

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A ballet slipper-ey slope

Brenda Black prides herself on her logical and orderly mind. She studies anatomy books to get a twelve-year head start on medical school, and she idolizes Leonardo da Vinci. But things go haywire when her spoiled cousin Tiffany comes to visit. At first Brenda tries to ignore Tiffany's constant bragging. But when Tiffany implies that Brenda is not cultured enough to know who Miss Camilla Freeman is—Miss Camilla Freeman, the very famous prima ballerina—Brenda snaps. She tells Tiffany that not only does she know who Camilla Freeman is, but she happens to own an autographed pair of her toeshoes. So of course, Tiffany wants to see the shoes.

The only problem? The shoes actually belong to Ms. Debb , the headmistress of the Nutcracker School! Brenda's anatomy books might get her into medical school, but they can't get her out of this mess—for that, she'll need the help of her Sugar Plum Sisters!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Nine-year-old Brenda Black is a budding ballet dancer and wannabe doctor. She eagerly reads anatomy textbooks, and her hero is Leonardo da Vinci. Though she and her mother have little money, they love each other and enjoy a strong bond. When Brenda's rich cousin comes to stay, she feels an urge to find something to hang over Tiffany's head (even though Tiffany seems to have everything a girl could want). Brenda and her friends hatch a plan to "borrow" their ballet teacher's prized ballet shoes, autographed by a famous prima ballerina, to show them off to Tiffany. The plan goes awry when Tiffany's pooch chews them to shreds, and the Sugar Plum Sisters must fix the unfixable. Fast paced and entertaining, with unique, multicultural characters and positive messages about friendship, honesty, materialism, and forgiveness, this book is sure to take center stage on young readers' lists.—Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786852611
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Series:
Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series, #2
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
88,291
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Whoopi Goldberg is the author of the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books and of Whoopi's Big Book of Manners, illustrated by Olo. She has won a Tony, an Emmy, and Oscar, and a Grammy, as well as two Golden Globes. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in scores of films,and is a host on ABC's The View.

Whoopi Goldberg lives in New York and Vermont.

Maryn Roos was always better at drawing ballerinas than being one. Beyond ballerinas, she has drawn everything from monsters to dancing ducks in dozens of books and several educational software programs, most recently for Imagine Learning English. Maryn lives and draws, and very rarely dances, in Provo, Utah.

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Toeshoe Trouble (Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
LIV2read More than 1 year ago
If you have a little girl, 6 to 10, and you are looking for something she will love to read, this is the series foe you... and her. My granddaughter loves these books so much I use them as rewards! Each one has a little moral to the story delivered in a lighthearted, fun to read tale about a funny and adorable group of girls who met at a Harlem ballet school. In this one, Brenda, a braniac who feels she must compete with her rich cousin who has everything, tells a lie and 'borrows' some prized toe shoes from her ballet teacher to back it up. There are serious consequences and lessons to be learned. I love Ms. Goldberg's characters and the way they are all different but come together to help each other. These are great books and if we didn't have them all, I'd buy the series for Christmas.
joytoday More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few series that speaks to the African American Girl experience. My daughter says she reads them because they are interesting. I think she can really connect with these girls! Their personalities remind me of the"characters" from my old childhood. Thanks for making my daughters childhood great Miss Goldberg!
Stovie More than 1 year ago
I bought the first book, Sugar Plum Ballerinas, for my daughter some months ago. As an African-American girl, she doesn't have the opportunity to read many books about people who look like her. She enjoyed the first book so much that I bought this one, and she's enjoying it as well.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
An engaging storyline will capture young readers attention and keep them wondering until the last page. This storyline has a great lesson for all ages and explains some of the possible outcomes of actions we take. As with the other Sugar Plum Ballerina tales the illustrations in "Toeshoe Trouble" are well detailed and beautiful. ** The other Sugar Plum Ballerina novels are enjoyable to read as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These book inspire a young child like me to do the right things in tough decisions. I know that I'm not alone.
virgo42 More than 1 year ago
Great second book, will buy them all for the nieces
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites in the series! A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love avery single book from this series they are so enteraining and you can relate to the story if you are a young dancer :D
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I purchased this book for my 7yr old daughter because she loved the 1st book. She stated this book was okay but the 1st story was better.
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