A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn about the steps required in learning ballet, and the discipline that's necessary to be a ballet dancer.
Tallulah's Tutu offers positive messages about perseverance and commitment.
Positive Role Models
Adults are very engaged and present, but not pushy. Children are realistically self-focused and imaginative.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tallulah's Tutu is an imaginative book with a serious message about a young girl's love for ballet and her desire for a tutu. Well suited to arts- and dance-leaning girls and boys, it goes well beyond the dress-up appeal of the costume as it focuses on the commitment and discipline required in dance.
Is It Any Good?
TALLULAH'S TUTU excels at evoking a young girl's imaginative world. Like many young girls who experiment with a constantly changing array of new pursuits, Tallulah longs to become a ballerina -- immediately. She hasn't learned yet about the work, frustration, and patience required to achieve her goal. Adults give Tallulah the space to work it out, even as she takes some time off from ballet to consider in her own way the sacrifices it requires.
With dreamy illustrations in watercolor and egg yolk, and a relatable tone that accurately portrays young children's idealism and impatience, this book stands in stark contrast to the typical little-girl fare that paints ballet as a fun dress-up game on a par with princess stories. Here, it's a serious commitment and passion that a child must truly come to on his or her own.
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