MISS TUTU'S STAR by Lesléa Newman

MISS TUTU'S STAR

Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Little spike-haired Selena so loves dance that her mother enrolls her in Miss Tutu’s ballet school, where she demonstrates passion and style but no grace. She learns her steps, studies hard and two years later makes her stage debut in a student recital. The story is told in AABB rhyming quatrains with occasional awkward scanning. The illustrations are colorful and portray a multicultural array of boys and girls engaged in something more akin to awkward but energetic physical movement than the more precise study of ballet steps. Selena’s round face and round derriere displayed in her stage bow after a performance that literally knocks over her fellow students are not likely to be seen in any serious ballet school, nor would a ballet teacher demonstrate standing on pointe to such little children. Selena’s constant mix-ups are balanced by her determination, an admirable quality but not one that would overcome her deficits in any real-world ballet situation. Pink glitter on the cover doesn’t quite elevate this to the level of necessary purchase. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8396-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2010




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