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Tallulah's Tutu
by Marilyn Singer and Alexandra Boiger


Overview - Tallulah just knew she could be a great ballerina, if only she had a tutu. So she starts ballet class. When she does not receive a tutu, she quits. But everywhere she goes, things keep reminding her of ballet. Her neighbor's basset hound always stands in second position.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Tallulah just knew she could be a great ballerina, if only she had a tutu. So she starts ballet class. When she does not receive a tutu, she quits. But everywhere she goes, things keep reminding her of ballet. Her neighbor's basset hound always stands in second position. The kitchen clock performs perfect ronds de jambe. And Tallulah can't seem to stop doing ballet, either. A park bench makes a perfect barre, and what better way to pet the dog than with a graceful plie? This well-told, funny story with a smart new character will satisfy girls' cravings for pretty and pink, but also shows that ballet is about more than just the tutu.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547173535
  • ISBN-10: 0547173539
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publish Date: March 2011
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 11.26 x 9.3 x 0.38 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.89 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Performing Arts - Dance

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-01-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Tallulah starts her lessons at the barre with visions of a much-coveted tutu dancing in her head. But when class after class goes by and all her teacher has to offer is, "Good job," Tallulah finally loses it. "That's not fair!" she cries, stamping her feet. "A ballerina needs a tutu, and she needs it now!" Gradually, Tallulah learns two important lessons: ballet is in her blood ("She always did a plié when she patted the neighbor's dog"), and not everything in life is about instant gratification. Singer (Mirror, Mirror) and Boiger (The Monster Princess) offer a story that is ostensibly as light on its feet as a sugar plum fairy. But without preaching, they score some important points about the value of patience, persistence, and the pursuit of perfection. And while Boiger's watercolors feel a bit too sunny and rose-hued at first—Tallulah and her classmates are standard-issue cute, with big, eager eyes—she captures the budding poise and grace of a young ballerina as well as the transformative power of discovering a true calling. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

 
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