From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Anna and her little sister, Katya, love to dance together and pretend to be ballerinas. At the age of five, the younger child contracts polio and becomes disabled. She wonders if she will ever be able to dance again. Anna is hopeful, but, despite treatment, her sister remains unable even to walk without the aid of braces. She buys some dainty white gloves and sews pink ribbons on them to make ballerina gloves, and Katya is able to dance with her arms, which strengthens her spirit. The delicate watercolor illustrations are marred by inconsistencies in the drawings of the characters. Personal notes from both the author and illustrator tell how polio affected their families. An explanation of the disease, including details of President Roosevelts affliction, is helpful. A sincere, nostalgic effort.–Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
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Until polio strikes her at the age of five, Katya's favorite game is dancing with her big sister, Anna, and imagining herself a ballerina. After the initial sickness passes, leaving Katya unable to walk, she is taken to a faraway hospital where she faces mysterious procedures. She returns, tired and sad. Heavy boots and metal braces help her to walk, but dancing is a faded dream. Anna seeks and finds a way to lead her sister back to the happiness they have shared. Evidently set in the late 1910s, the story concerns the sisters' feelings and relationship as well as the changes brought about by the disease. Full of light, the watercolor illustrations capture the spirit of the story, though Anna looks years younger in some pictures than in others. Children attracted merely by the ballet shoes on the jacket will find a more complex, emotionally resonant story than they might expect. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved