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TALLULAH'S TOE SHOES by Marilyn Singer


From the Tallulah series, volume 3

by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: March 19th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-547-48223-1
Publisher: Clarion

Toe shoes are de rigueur for ballerinas, and Tallulah wants them—now!

Tallulah is one determined ballet student. She wanted a tutu and got it. She wanted a starring role in a student performance and almost got it, appearing instead in the corps de ballet. Now it’s toe shoes. Her teacher explains that she can wear them when her feet stop growing. This is not a sufficient deterrent, however. Tallulah sneakily retrieves a pair discarded by an older student and takes them home. Sore feet, sore toes, inability to balance and her little brother’s exasperation after trying to help finally make her realize her teacher’s wisdom. Singer once again wisely presents a quandary faced by many little ballerinas and any other child who is told to postpone immediate gratification. Boiger’s delicate watercolors featuring bright reds and blues winningly capture Tallulah’s loving family, her dramatic if unsuccessful struggle to stand on point and her surety of future success. A double-page-spread depiction of a ballet step, échappé en pointe or demi-pointe, performed respectively by an older girl and by Tallulah, makes an excellent reference point. Little girls in tutus and little girls who dream big will find that Tallulah is a kindred spirit. A glittery cover adds to the appeal.

A charming entry in the ongoing saga of Tallulah. (Picture book. 4-7)