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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375851682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375851681
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Margo is excited about her birthday gift. With the yellow tutu on her waist she pretends to be a dancer, but when she puts it on her head she becomes the sun. She can't wait to go to school and show her friends how she shines on everything she sees, but some of the children make fun of her "tutu head." Tears begin to well up in her eyes until Pearl rescues her. She has a pink tutu and together she and Margo put the skirts on their heads and enjoy a tea party in the garden after school. This is a sweet story of youthful exuberance, imagination, and friendship. Kirsten Bramsen has a keen understanding of the workings of children's minds. Margo is a believable little girl; she is so innocent and enthusiastic that readers will readily enter her pretend world. Carin Bramsen's whimsical illustrations capture the text's energy and fun. Her style is reminiscent of classic, old-fashioned greeting cards with slightly muted lines and pastel colors. She shows Margo in the real world and in the world of her imagination, where bees smile and squirrels with sunglasses sip lemonade. Those who liked Margaret Chodos-Irvine's Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (2003) and Best Best Friends (2006, both Harcourt) will enjoy this sunny offering that reminds readers that all it takes is one friend to make everything better.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT END

About the Author

Kirsten Bramsen is a singer, actor, garden designer, and writer. She received her BA in theatre from DePaul University. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her park ranger husband, daughter, cat, and turtle.

Carin Bramsen received her BA in art history from Barnard College and has studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she illustrates, paints, and performs the occasional high-kick for the squirrels outside her window.

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The story is very sweet and I love the illustration.
M. KITCHEN
Her flights of fancy are perfectly realized in the evocative text and gorgeous watercolor illustrations.
Elizabeth W. Milnikel
I think my eight year old granddaughter will love both of them.
Ann Stearns

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth W. Milnikel on September 29, 2009
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This book tells the tale of a girl who follows where her imagination leads her and does things her own way, namely by putting her tutu on her head and imagining she's the sun. Her flights of fancy are perfectly realized in the evocative text and gorgeous watercolor illustrations. She doesn't get a friendly reception from other kids at first, but one kindred spirit joins her world of fun. The book provides an excellent lesson about sticking up for your own dreams and someone else's. There's lots of fun in store when you befriend a creative free spirit! And there's lots of fun in store for families who read this book to their children and luxuriate in Margo's imaginary world for a short while. It inspires little ones to dream up bigger dreams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freudian Park Ranger on December 8, 2009
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My daughter has a copy of this book and I must say she loves it. She and her friend love emulating the the main characters, Margo and Pearl, as well as admiring the book's fantastic artwork. I've read the book and it definitely promotes qualities that we all want to see in our children. My daughter now owns a tutu so she can wear it on her head like Margo and Pearl. Watching her, I kind of get the urge to wear one on my head too. This book carries a strong, positive message and is ideal for any child's collection. Highly Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. KITCHEN on March 9, 2010
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We checked this book out at the library and have renewed it a few times. So we are buying our own copy. My daughter brings this one to be read alot. The story is very sweet and I love the illustration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dad of one on September 29, 2010
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Great book for a little girl who wears tutus for dance and dressup!!! Teaches its okay to be you and okay to do things a little differently. We love reading this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. F. L. Smithson on December 7, 2009
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The Yellow Tutu is the most darling story I've read in years. I have two children ages 3 and 6 who adore it. PRECIOUS DARLING WONDERFUL!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prof. S. H. British on August 4, 2012
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I am a professor of primary education and constantly on the lookout for new children's books that can be used to assist elementary school teachers in teaching their students. With all the challenges on the horizon for budding educators, I strive to send students forward with as much preparation as possible. When I first reviewed `The Yellow Tutu', it was an obvious winner. The selection wasn't purely by chance, as I was apprised of its favorable reviews, awards, and acquisition by libraries throughout the country. So...naturally my curiosity was piqued. What I found was a dramatic, inspiring story that teaches values that are so important for our children to learn, whether it be from parents or educators. Often, in this day and age, too much emphasis is placed on the `three R's' or maintaining a self-image commensurate with the status quo(body weight and self-esteem issues come to mind). What we are failing to emphasize is creativity, independence, and plain, old-fashioned good manners. Those important qualities are praised, right here, in this book. 'The Yellow Tutu' is the story of Margo, a girl who receives a tutu, and decides to wear it on her head on the way to school. She is criticized by classmates (a perfect segue into teaching the harm of bullying), but is defended by a friend who then decides to partake in the new `vogue' and also wear a tutu on her head (Ah, friendship...the glue that bonds society). As I mentioned previously, there is more to educating our children than merely teaching them `book smarts', they must learn to be good people, `The Yellow Tutu' with its inspiring story and delightful illustrations does just that...and that's why it is required reading for future elementary teachers in my class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iwouldnevah on July 30, 2012
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I was looking for a book for my daughters that addressed bullying and the importance of being yourself etc. Well, I found the perfect story! This book is very well written with beautiful illustrations and the story is so encouraging to children who need to hear that being themselves is worth it! Despite the fact that kids can be mean it drives home the message to be an individual and be true to yourself. I would definitely recommend this book. My kids enjoyed it very much!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rod Schwartz on June 15, 2012
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This book is so cute! Great story and I love the illustrations. Every little girl should have this book added to there personal library. It's a favorite in our house.
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