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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442430664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442430662
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little girl with red curls loves to dance—until she starts ballet school.
Rosie Red Curls, as her mother calls her, wears her tutu everywhere, points her toes and loves to listen to ballet stories—all with her beloved stuffed panda close by. Her mother enrolls her in ballet class, but this turns out to be a challenge. Rosie cannot manage the steps and looks like a “wilted flower” instead of a prima ballerina. Her ballet teacher comes to the rescue, giving her a pair of red ballet shoes, and now Rosie’s classroom steps are perfectly perfect. Even though her teacher also wore red, as Rosie sees in a photograph, they are not the real reason Rosie has bloomed: She now has confidence, and that comes from within... -- Kirkus Reviews

Rosie loves dance. She points, leaps, and twirls through daily activities, wearing a tutu wherever she goes. But when she starts ballet school, her unshakable belief that she’s destined to be a prima ballerina develops a quaver or two. For readers with similar aspirations, this picture book has some attractions. Goode’s delicate brush, pen-and-ink, and pastel illustrations have a Disney-esque charm. Balletic poses abound, energized by swirls of color to indicate motion. -- School LIbrary Journal


Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has produced a slew of red-haired heroines; this time out, it’s a hopeful
ballerina. Rosie loves to dance, and she’s quite good at it. But when she begins lessons, something
happens. She twists and trips and looks like a wilted flower. Soon she’s ready to give up dancing for good. Then a present arrives: beautiful red ballet slippers. Once Rosie slips them on, her pliés become perfect and her arabesques are sublime. When Rosie thinks the shoes should get the credit, her teacher—the gift giver—informs Rosie that success really comes from her own talent. Ferguson does not have the rhythms of a natural writer, and this text doesn’t exactly flow. Still, her books are always better when she’s paired with a good artist, and Caldecott Honor winner Goode is very good. Rendered in pen and ink and pastel, the pictures display a distinct feel of movement as Rosie cavorts about white pages. Her emotions, too, are evident from body language as well as expression. A ... story with a solid message about having faith in yourself.

— Booklist, September 1, 2012

About the Author

Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, is the author of several children’s books, including Ballerina Rosie; Tea for Ruby, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser; and the Little Red series as well as a memoir, Finding Sarah. The Duchess is a devoted spokesperson for many charitable organizations, including Changes for Children. She has two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Diane Goode is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. She is also the illustrator of President Pennybaker and My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life, both by Kate Feiffer; and the Louise the Big Cheese books by Elise Primavera. Diane lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy.

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Definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a little girl.
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My granddaughter will be nine years old this week, and since she is really into Ballerinas, I decided this would be a perfect birthday gift.
E. Lindgren
Beautifully illustrated, whimsical, engaging, a story that keeps the cover's promise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernie&ChetGroupie on November 22, 2012
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A delightful reading treat for a child, not a Product. Beautifully illustrated, whimsical, engaging, a story that keeps the cover's promise.
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By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2014
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Got this for my ballet loving daughter after she insisted on getting it over and over from the library. It is such a sweet book with undertows of find out what you love and stick to it. We took it a step further and found red ballet shoes and read the book before bed. The next morning there was a box just like the one in the story. We have one happy little girl! Definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a little girl.
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By E. Lindgren on November 16, 2013
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This is the sweetest book! My granddaughter will be nine years old this week, and since she is really into Ballerinas, I decided this would be a perfect birthday gift. I have always admired Sarah Ferguson, and I know my granddaughter will love this book. I highly recommend this read, for any little girl who is in love with "ballet".
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By Jason on February 18, 2013
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I got this for my niece for Christmas, she is a very non-traditional 3 year-old ballerina, spends all day climbing trees and swimming in her tutu. She loves this book because she identifies with the character, who loves ballet, her tutu, and most importantly accepts herself as she is.
I would recommend for girls or boys who either fit the mold or, don't. Lessons in confidence to be learned for both :) Both girls, 3 and 6 enjoyed the story, but only the 3 year old wants it read again and again.
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By Helen B on February 16, 2013
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Got this for my grandaughter for Christmas. Read it to her Christmas day and she loved it. She reads it often. Very cute story.
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By jc on February 10, 2013
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Great book every kid should have one
All over the county should get one and read I t enjoy !
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By Lisa A. Mundy on February 4, 2013
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Ballerina Rosie is a must for anyone with a little girl and even boys. It tells of the story of Rosie and how she tries so hard to fit in at ballet class. The story is so inspiring because it teaches about self esteem and that is very important these days for our children. The illustrations are just amazing . Diane Goode really did a phenomenal job with them.
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