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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810983966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810983960
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–In this rhyming story, Selena loves to twirl and prance, so her mother enrolls her in Miss Tutu's Dance Academy. As parents and younger siblings look on, the teacher instructs her students in the elements of ballet and encourages them when they are less than elegant. Finally, the children are ready for their first recital. Although the production does not go quite as smoothly as they would have hoped, thanks to Miss Tutu's cat and an errant mouse, the audience of friends and family gives Selena and her fellow dancers a rousing ovation for their efforts. Selena is a slightly chubby and not-inherently graceful girl with plenty of bounce and a determination to succeed. The plain-looking dance instructor and her class of ordinary girls and boys should inspire youngsters who like to dance but are not natural swans. Armstrong-Ellis's gouache and colored-pencil illustrations add comic touches. Readers will want to follow the cat's antics and keep an eye on the scarf that Selena's mother knits as the tale progresses. The protagonist is a likable character with lots of heart. Many children will recognize themselves in this agreeable offering.Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Young Selena may not have the ease, the grace, or the beauty of a prima ballerina, but she brings enormous enthusiasm to her beginners’ ballet class. When she feels discouraged, dance teacher Miss Tutu always comforts her with encouraging words, such as “What matters most is from the start, / My dear, you’ve always danced with heart.” Just before her dance-recital debut, Selena is overcome by jitters, but with Miss Tutu in the wings, she bravely makes her entrance and shares her love of dance. The text flows smoothly in rhymed couplets, documenting Selena’s relevés and demi-pliés along with her emotional ups and downs. Meanwhile, the energetic illustrations, done in gouache and colored pencil, recreate the bustle of ballet class, the quiet practices at home, and the onstage chaos when a cat-and-mouse chase interrupts the recital performance. One glance at the book jacket, which features Selena grinning and bowing in her sparkly tutu, will tell children if this engaging picture book is right for them. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan

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Three year old daughter absolutely adores this book.
chitownmom
This is a wonderfully humorous story of Selena, Miss Tutu's future star ballerina, who had a lot of work ahead of her.
D. Fowler
This is an adorable rhyming picture book for all the little dancers of the world.
Carol Ekster

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on July 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Selena never just walked, she twirled and pranced because she "loved to dance"; "she danced until her feet were sore, and then Selena danced some more." Selena's mother took her to Miss Tutu's dance studio, and "Selena took some steps with flair and landed on her derriere". Not to worry said, Miss Tutu, "You've got passion, you've got style. Grace will come after a while". The art style is similar to Young's clever ballerina stories, with lots of action, both graceful and awkward and some boys joining in, all with antic facial expressions; and even a cat dancing adds some humor in the multiple vignettes. The artist explains that she "first sketched the pages...then transferred the drawing onto 90 lb. hot-press Arches paper; she then used gouache and colored pencil for color and added detail. This is a delightful, humorous book.
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Mommy pushed baby brother down the sidewalk as Selena danced her way down the sidewalk. When everyone else was off playing, she would practice her style. She danced this way, that way, and kept it up until one of her feet was so sore she had to stop and bandage it up. Of course then she was ready to dance again. The only thing her mother could do was take her off to Miss Tutu's Dance Academy because Selena was definitely dance school material. All the boys and girls were lined up in front of Miss Tutu and naturally Selena was front and center with the biggest grin.

When Miss Tutu smiled, gave a little clap, and said "Begin" Selena was ready to roll. A little step here, a little step there and she was on her "derrière." PLOP! She was not as graceful as the thought, but Miss Tutu exclaimed, "You've got passion, you've got style. / Grace will come after a while. / With hard work, you'll be a star. / Now put your foot upon the barre." The boys and girls all did their best (even though some were not very happy) and pirouetted and did their demi-pliés on demand. Selena was always making mistakes, but kept on trying. Would she ever get this ballet stuff right and become a star?

This is a wonderfully humorous story of Selena, Miss Tutu's future star ballerina, who had a lot of work ahead of her. "Passion" could be another name for little Selena. Try as she might she couldn't seem to get everything right at first. This humorous little tale follows her through all those klutzy little moments right up until her debut on the stage a bit later on in her childhood dance career. Of course the finale shows her taking a bow and we see her back side. If you look closely you'll see her mommy in the audience clapping. That one little tear coming down her cheek says it all. If you've got a little kluty, passionate ballerina or "ballerdude" you're going to love this book!
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Did you ever have a time, perhaps while giving a speech in school or playing a piece for a piano recital, when you had to perform before a lot of people and were afraid? Selena is a little girl "who does not walk so much as twirl." So her mother enrolls her in Miss Tutu's Dance Academy. At first Selena has a little trouble with some of the steps, but Miss Tutu says "You've' got guts." This encourages Selena to practice and learn, and even though she still makes mistakes, she presses on. Then comes the time for her debut, and she is terrified. What will she do? And how will it all turn out?
To be truthful, ballet has never been among my personally favorite expressions of the arts. However, many girls, and boys too, enjoy ballet. And there is more to this book than just ballet. The rhyming text by Leslea Newman, who is the author of more than fifty books for adults and children, including the lovely Just Like Mama, and the humorous illustrations by Carey Armstrong-Ellis combine to tell a delightful and funny tale about a girl with a dream and the teacher who encourages her. Miss Tutu's Star provides a great example of how being positive can help young children achieve their goals. It can serve to motivate not only ballerinas and, um "ballerdudes," but all youngsters to do their best and "reach for the stars."
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By sallyb on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Our now five year old granddaughter has loved this book since she was a toodler. She laughed at the pictures the first time she saw them, laughed at the words when she understood them, and now laughs as she tries (and ofte succeeds) at trying to read the words. Kids know funny. This book also teaches that stage fright and just plain shyness happens happens to most of us.
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More About the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages including the teen novel in verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD; the middle grade novel, HACHIKO WAITS; the poetry collection, STILL LIFE WITH BUDDY; the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK; and the children's books, A SWEET PASSOVER, THE BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD, and HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD was named an American Library Association 2013 Stonewall Honor Book, and A SWEET PASSOVER was named a 2013 Sydney Taylor Honor as well. A past poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she is a faculty member of Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest poetry collection, I CARRY MY MOTHER is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter's journey through her mother's illness and death. From diagnosis through yahrtzeit (one-year anniversary), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother. The poems, written in a variety of forms (sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, sestina, terza rima, haiku, and others) are finely crafted, completely accessible, and full of startling, poignant, and powerful imagery. These poems will resonant with all who have lost a parent, relative, spouse, friend, or anyone whom they dearly love.

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