When he takes shelter in a theater, a young mouse meets a prima ballerina and learns that he was born to dance.
After barely escaping a hungry cat, the mouse is startled to find a grand old theater, brightly lit and filled with music. Enchanted by the sound, he finds himself inspired to dance. He sets to work finding a spot where the humans of the theater won't trouble him, determined to make this place his new home.
But when he discovers a cozy, wool-lined satin bed—a ballerina's toe shoe—the tiny creature also finds a new friend. Céleste, the ballerina, names him Tendu and offers him a safe place to settle—and a new dance partner to practice with!
With softly colored illustrations, Jennifer Bell's mouse-eye view of the theater is luxuriously detailed, from the ornate chandeliers to the carefully-organized clutter of the costume department to the rose wallpaper of the dancer's dressing room. The cozy warmth of Tendu's new home is as irresistable as the tiny bow-bedecked dancer himself.
Filled with all the drama of a ballet, this story is perfect for aspiring dancers.
About the Author
Jan Carr is the author of more than 50 books for children, including Greedy Apostrophe and Sweet Hearts. Throughout her career she has worked as a teacher, a film editor, and a children's book editor. She lives in New York City, and has written numerous articles about theater and dance. Her website is http://www.jancarr.net
Jennifer A. Bell is an illustrator of picture books, as well as greeting cards and magazines. She studied fine arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Jennifer lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and son. Find her online at http://www.jenniferabell.com/
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dance your way into this book! Toe Shoe Mouse is a must for every little ballerina. Tendu is adorable and inquisitive. Just the right amount of adventure for a little one, with a happy ending.