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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tallulah
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1ST edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547330049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547330044
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Tallulah is a wonderful dancer and she's certain that she will be chosen for the principal role in the upcoming ballet recital. However, she's worried that her scatter-brained younger brother, Beckett, who just began taking ballet lessons, might not be chosen even for a minor part. As Tallulah warns and encourages Beckett, she imagines the accolades that will come her way when she stars in the production, complete with thunderous applause and beautiful bouquets. Tallulah is dismayed when Beckett earns a leading role and she is relegated to the cast. Although the story line is immersed in the world of dance, Singer's picture book (Clarion, 2012) offers a lesson in handling the universal feelings of disappointment and sibling jealousy. She doesn't shy away from the messiness of emotions, but rather offers an honest perspective of Tallulah's tantrum and her need to be noticed. Alexandra Boiger's watercolor illustrations and her use of fainter washes to depict Tallulah's imagination are brilliant. Christina Moore's narration is clear and precise, and she accurately portrays Beckett's character in just four syllables, "Uh-huh, uh-huh." Page-turn signals are optional.-Terri Perper, Middletown Public Library, MDα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"[A] charming follow-up to 2011's Tallulah's Tutu."  --The New York Times Book Review

"A lovely story that gently and effectively presents common childhood difficulties wrapped in a world of tutus and sparkles."--Kirkus Reviews

"A lovely tribute to the closeness of brothers and sisters, this title holds appeal for the child needing patience, yet wanting to be recognized."--School Library Journal "Conveys Tallulah’s shifting emotions as a dancer and as a sister with equal perception and finesse. Full of light and grace, Boiger’s watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life in lively paintings. An appealing choice for ballet lovers and a fine sequel to Tallulah’s Tutu"--Booklist

"Boiger's gouache and watercolor art is as fluid and graceful as a pirouette."--Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a B.A. in English from Queens and an M.A. in Communications from New York University.

In 1974, after teaching English in New York City high schools for several years, she began to write - initially film notes, catalogues, teacher's guides, and film strips. Then, one day, when she was sitting in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she penned a story featuring talking insect characters she'd made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories, and in 1976, her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn't, was published by E.P.Dutton & Co.

Since then, Marilyn has published over eighty books for children and young adults. Her genres are many and varied, including realistic novels, fantasies, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, mysteries and poetry. She likes writing many different kinds of books because it's challenging and it keeps her from getting bored.

Marilyn currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband Steve; their standard poodle Oggi, seen in the home page photo; a cat named August ; two collared doves named Jubilee and Holiday; and a starling that says, "Hi. How are you? Sweet Birdie. Okay!" Her interests include ballroom/Latin dancing, dog training, reading, hiking, bird-watching, gardening, playing computer adventure games, and going to the movies and the theatre. She's also a major Star Trek fan.

Marilyn is the former host of the AOL Children's Writers Chat and currently co-hosts the Poetry Blast at various conferences. Visit her web site: www.marilynsinger.net.

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Such a sweet book!
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My ballet-OBSESSED 3.5 daughter got this book from her grandmother for Christmas.
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Join Tallulah in another ballet adventure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on October 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tallulah is outraged when she doesn't get a starring role in the ballet recital. In the meantime, her younger brother Beckett is awarded the part of the frog prince. "'The frog! That's not fair!' Tallulah cried. 'He got a big part even though he goofs off. I got a little part, and I work so hard!'"

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica at Cracking the Cover on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Remember Tallulah, the little girl who desperately wanted a tutu in Tallulah's Tutu? That charming little girl is back in "Tallulah's Solo," a fine follow-up that really captures the love of dance.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on June 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Join Tallulah in another ballet adventure! This time, Tullulah brings her brother to dance class. When Beckett gets a big part in the show, Tullulah is disappointed because she thinks he didn't work as hard as she does. This book is a good learning opportunity for children because Tullulah is easy to relate to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Young Tallulah is an aspiring ballerina who trains hard, hoping to get the main part in her dance school's performance of The Frog Prince. Her younger brother Beckett is also beginning ballet lessons, but seems to spend most of his time playing and being distracted.

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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By Maria Fernandez on July 13, 2014
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The book is beautiful
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My 4yo daughter and I love these books - the illustrations are delightful and the story is wonderful. Tallulah can be a little bratty, but she learns her lesson in the end. The relationship between her and her little brother is pretty cute and judging from our own household (my daughter has a little brother too), it's pretty accurate!
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