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Nancy Hartry is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author. Linda Hendry is a children's book author and illustrator. Her craft books include Making Picture Frames and Making Gift Boxes, and she illustrates the Pup and Hound series.
PreS-K-Jocelyn, an adorable and exasperating youngster, refuses to give up "her ballerina," a blue tutu with striped tights attached that she twirls in and hangs on her bedpost at night. When her mother tries to wash it and pleads with her not to wear the "old rag" again, Jocelyn pretends not to hear. Then, "the pink" arrives. This dress that the girl is expected to wear in her aunt's wedding is scratchy and lacey and has "no twirls." There are times when the first-person narration is wearing, but Hartry is convincing in showing the common childhood trauma of giving up a beloved object. Jocelyn's affection for her ballerina and her self-centered persistence are honest as well as endearing. The child finally concedes to putting on "the pink," but at the last minute slips the ballerina underneath. The adults' reactions are lighthearted and the whole issue is kept in proper perspective. However, the soft colors and charming scenes reflect a child's world, and one particular youngster's tiny triumph. Simple instructions for a floral bouquet put the final touches on this sweet story.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"Hartry's delightful look at a little girl's love for her tutu captures a thread of recognizable truth that will soon make this a favorite story. Love is blind, which explains Jocelyn's enduring attachment to her tattered Ballerina, a tutu and leggings long past their glittering prime...But Mom insists Ballerina isn't appropriate for Aunt Judy's wedding. The Pink is better - that fancy, new summertime dress that Jocelyn must wear as the flower girl. What is Jocelyn to do? What if no one sees her tutu, Jocelyn reasons, as she puts it on under The Pink. Of course, her secret is gradually revealed - in a wonderful comic way. Children will love the story as much as Jocelyn loves her Ballerina, ensuring that, like all love-worn favorites, the book will be around for a long, long time." ..".convincing in showing the common childhood trauma of giving up a beloved object...the soft colors and charming scenes reflect a child's world, and one particular youngster's tiny triumph."