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Tallulah's Solo Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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Tallulah's much more dedicated to dance than her little brother, Beckett, who always seems to be playing around during class. She concentrates well and practices all the time. In fact she's certain she'll be chosen to dance a solo in her school's winter recital, "The Frog Prince." So when Beckett is chosen as the frog, Tallulah can't help but feel jealous. He'll get all the attention while she's dancing in the background, Tallulah thinks. But when Beckett needs her help, Tallulah can't stay upset. After all, Beckett did start taking ballet because of her.
Once again, Marilyn Singer has captured the joy that comes from dance. Illustrator Alexandra Boiger also picked up where she left off, depicting ballet positions correctly while still presenting them how at child's execution level. While I enjoyed the whole book, my favorite illustration is on the title page -- Tallulah on eleve with her back to the audience, her arms gracefully extended, and a faint smile on her face as she looks over her shoulder with joy.
The endpages feature Tallulah and Beckett trying out different ballet positions, pliés and relevés. Soft watercolor and watercolor and gouache illustrations with plenty of white space give a gentle feel to an emotionally difficult topic: sibling jealousy. Eventually Tallulah realizes how much Beckett looks up to her: he started ballet because he wants to be more like her and they make up. What a sweet book.
Imagine Tallulah's surprise when she gets an unexpected piece of news and her spirits plummet even further when she finds out Beckett has been cast as the Frog Prince! But how could this be, especially after all the hard work Tallulah put in?
Sibling rivalry is subtly addressed in this charming story, and is beautifully illustrated. The love of a sister for her brother also comes across very credibly and makes for a wonderful read. The theme of perseverance and its rewards is also wonderfully conveyed. Readers who are new to Tallulah might also want to check out Tallulah's Tutu.
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Such a sweet book! Second book from this series I purchased for my daughter. Will continue to buy from this series!Published on November 6, 2013 by michelle
My ballet-OBSESSED 3.5 daughter got this book from her grandmother for Christmas. She loved it, as expected, and so did I! Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by BostonMama