cover image Tallulah’s Toe Shoes

Tallulah’s Toe Shoes

Marilyn Singer, illus. by Alexandra Boiger. Clarion, $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-547-48223-1

In Tallulah’s first outing, she was desperate for a tutu; now, like all young ballerinas, she dreams of getting her first pair of toe shoes and dancing en pointe. Trying to speed the process along, she snags a discarded pair that belonged to an older dancer, but she learns that while her determination is unwavering, her body isn’t quite ready for the challenge. As with the previous two books, Singer and Boiger deliver the story’s message with a lightness and grace befitting the subject matter, and Tallulah remains a highly empathetic heroine. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Mar.)