Author: Sally O. Lee
Illustrator: Sally O. Lee
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
Publish Date: 2008
Ms. Berry had her hands full with this class. She tried very hard to get all her students to plie at the same time, or jump at the same time, but they would all fall back to their favorite dance steps and it would result in mayhem.
Fillippo would bump into Harriett with his jumps and Beminda would accidentally kick Mirabel with her famous left kicks.
Sometimes it looked more like a boxing match rather than a ballet class.
-The Tutu Ballet by Sally O. Lee, pages 24-25
Guest Review by Maggie
The Tutu Ballet by Sally O. Leeis about the students of Ms. Berry’s ballet class wanting to only do their favorite moves. Belinda the Bear only liked to do kicks, Fellippo the Fox only liked to do jumps, Mirabel the Mouse only plied, and Harriett the Hare like to twirl. This made class clumsy and a big mess with everyone hurting each other.
What I liked about this book is that it’s about ballet. My favorite part was when everyone in the class was going crazy and falling on each other.
The only thing I did not like about this book is the words are hard to read. I wish they had been typed up on the computer instead of hand written. The letters were small and the words sometimes ran together and made it hard for me to read.
I thought the message of this story is friendship and working together. I give The Tutu Ballet by Sally O. Lee 4 out of 5 stars.
The Kool-Aid Mom’s review
The Tutu Ballet by Sally O. Lee is a cute little story of a group of ballet students who prefer to do their favorite moves instead of performing the ones their teacher directs them. I suppose it may have to do with their ages, though that information is never given, or it may just be that this particular group struggles with paying attention as the quote given suggests that not all the classes are this way and that they fall back into doing their favorite steps. But, for what ever the reason, the class presents a challenge for the former prima ballerina teacher Ms. Berry in creating a recital program.
What I found interesting with this book is that Maggie, age 10, and I, an adult and parent, understood two different messages. She saw it from the point of view of the children and came away believing the message was friendship and unity. Whereas I, viewing it from the “gotta get things done” and “we need order” point of view, understood the book to be about creative problem-solving.
As with her previous book, The Rabbit and the Snowman, Lee both wrote and illustrated this book. The artwork is warm and inviting, not clean and realistic as with some children’s books but rather having that feeling of a child’s imagination.
The Tutu Ballet by Sally O. Lee offers a pleasurable few minutes of togetherness through reading with a child and gives easy-to-pick-out conversation starters and points of discussion. I also give The Tutu Ballet 4 out of 5 stars.
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