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Selena is a little girl “who does not walk so much as twirl.” When her mother takes her to Miss Tutu’s school of ballet, Selena has a bit of trouble with some of the steps, but still she practices and practices to get them right. Finally the time comes for Selena to make her debut. But she is terrified. Will her fear stop her from becoming Miss Tutu’s star?
Lesléa Newman’s lyrical and humorous story about achieving one’s dream is perfectly matched with Carey Armstrong-Ellis’s witty and charming illustrations, which are filled with little stories of their own.
F&P level: I
F&P genre: RF
|Publisher:||Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.98(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.39(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Lesléa Newman is the author of fifty books for adults and children, including Eight Nights of Chanukah and Just Like Mama. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.lesleakids.com.
Carey Armstrong-Ellis is the illustrator of the bestselling Twelve Days books. She lives in Cape Neddick, Maine. Visit her online at www.slugworksrocks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For all of us with two left feet, this story illustrates how desire and heart can make even the biggest clutz a star.
Did you ever have a time, perhaps while giving a speech in school or playing a piece for a piano recital, when you had to perform before a lot of people and were afraid? Selena is a little girl "who does not walk so much as twirl." So her mother enrolls her in Miss Tutu's Dance Academy. At first Selena has a little trouble with some of the steps, but Miss Tutu says "You've' got guts." This encourages Selena to practice and learn, and even though she still makes mistakes, she presses on. Then comes the time for her debut, and she is terrified. What will she do? And how will it all turn out? To be truthful, ballet has never been among my personally favorite expressions of the arts. However, many girls, and boys too, enjoy ballet. And there is more to this book than just ballet. The rhyming text by Leslea Newman, who is the author of more than fifty books for adults and children, including the lovely Just Like Mama, and the humorous illustrations by Carey Armstrong-Ellis combine to tell a delightful and funny tale about a girl with a dream and the teacher who encourages her. Miss Tutu's Star provides a great example of how being positive can help young children achieve their goals. It can serve to motivate not only ballerinas and, um "ballerdudes," but all youngsters to do their best and "reach for the stars."