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Naughty Toes

Naughty Toes is narrated by a little girl called Trixie. At the start of the story she compares herself to her sister, Belinda, who is, we are told, a ballerina. Trixie, however, is not. And we go on to discover Trixie's anti-ballet tendencies in the dancewear she picks out at the shop, the dismay her unconventional technique elicits from her stern teacher, Madame Mina, the way she does her hair, eats an ice-cream, and the part she is given in the end-of-term show - a rock! But Trixie does have talents, even if they don't quite fit the rules of a ballet class, and it's the class pianist, Mr Tiempo, who can see that Trixie would rather be doing a toe-tap than a twirl. Trixie is full of free-spirited energy and she knows her own mind. At the end of the book, we discover how the contents of a mysterious box - left backstage for Trixie after the end-of-term show - allow her to step out and shine a tap dancer!
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Trixie finds her feet and steps out in style!


Unlike her sister, Belinda, Chloe is having a rather disastrous experience in ballet class. "Naughty toes!" says Madame Mina when Chloe has trouble, but for the most part, Chloe embraces her individuality. Bonwill (Bug and Bear) and Murfin (Thanksgiving Rules) convey Chloe's distinctiveness without sacrificing panache or overdoing the message. Chloe chooses a green leotard when others choose pink ("It has style"), her hair won't stay in place ("Never mind," she tells her struggling father. "It's unique"), and she doesn't get discouraged when she runs smack into Anthony in dance practice ("I was a cloud with gusto"). But when Belinda becomes the star of the dance recital, Chloe's confidence falters (she's cast as a rock). Fortunately, others see Chloe's potential, and she discovers a new calling-tap dancing. Murfin's chunky characterizations emphasize both Chloe's awkwardness and her passion, while wall- paperlike textures give the book a warm, reassuring feel. Those who march (or dance) to the beat of their own drummer should take heart in this story about a girl with a mind of her own. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

K-Gr 2-Chloe can't help comparing herself to her perfect ballerina sister, Belinda. She wants to wear a green leotard and red shoes, has trouble taming her unruly hair, is a fan of jazz hands, and a victim of "Naughty Toes." Though her sister is cast as the fairy princess in the recital, Chloe gets her own version of satisfaction when a mentor realizes that she is better suited to ballet's louder cousin-tap dance. The mixed-media illustrations are fun and free, capturing Chloe's nature and attitude. Great as a read-aloud, for a guidance lesson on self-esteem, or even on sibling rivalry.-Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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