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AMANDINA by Sergio Ruzzier


by Sergio Ruzzier & illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59643-236-9
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

Amandina Goldeneyes can “dance, and sing, and act beautifully, and perform the most daring acrobatics,” but she is so shy no one realizes what a wonderful little dog she is. One evening Amandina decides to cure her shyness by giving a performance and inviting everyone. The floppy-eared Amandina rents a run-down theater, repairs and cleans it, designs and sews her own costumes, builds sets and props, sends out invitations and advertises, each activity depicted in cunning vignettes and framed panels. She dreams she will be a great success. Come opening night, Amandina is excited and nervous, but unprepared for an empty theater. Undaunted, she performs her prologue, comic pantomime, band concert, folk songs, dances, magic act and acrobatic finale as planned. And when she takes her bow, she has a wonderful surprise. Quiet, precise, whimsical watercolor illustrations in subdued pastels enhance the surreal ambiance of Amandina’s solitary exploits. A subdued but charming tribute to determination and perseverance. (Picture book. 4-6)