Toe Shoe Mouse

Toe Shoe Mouse by Jan Carr, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell.
Holiday House, 2014.

Another fabulous library find! 

Let me start by telling you that the illustrations in this book are so adorable and lush, that Mr. B, my manly railroading husband, saw it sticking out of our pile and picked it up. "Oh, wow! This is cute."

And then you start to read it, and the little mouse narrator has such a dramatic little voice. It is a very fun read-aloud.

"I will not go into the disturbing details of how I arrived at the ballet," it begins. "I will say only that it involved a cat with glittering teeth and cruel claws, and a chase through the sewers of the city."

Our little mouse finds himself in a grand old theatre, where he falls in love with dance and tries to make a home in a pointe shoe. Along the way, he is chased by a cat, brings gifts to a ballerina, and dreams of being chased by soldiers. ["His dream is like The Nutcracker!" shouted by little Nutcracker mouse with glee.]

Look at the beautiful decorative pages. I'm not always a big fan of florals, but I would love wallpaper like that, maybe just on an accent wall, somewhere... someday...

And the colors. I love the colors used throughout the book. I'm not the biggest pink fan in the world, but I do love the soft pinks used here, and the reds and soft greens are gorgeous, too. It's eye candy!

I didn't even notice when we read this, at first, but Little Sis just received the first Sophie Mouse chapter book as a gift from my dad, and it's also illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Her mice have to be the most adorable mice in children's books today.

Big Sis told me she never noticed any real mice during her production of The Nutcracker, but they did have a bat. On stage. During her scene.

Fun and games, folks. Fun and games.

I may need to order this one for my niece. Her very first dance recital is at the end of next month. She's only 3 and a half. Wouldn't this be perfect?

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Dancers of the World

Dancers of the World by Aurélia Hardy, illustrated by Sybile.
Auzou, 2015.

Happy Monday, dear readers! This past Saturday was the girls' first recital run-through. Wednesday evening, they will have their big dress rehearsal, then come Friday night, they will dance the first of four recital performances. It's a busy week, and I must admit dance is on our minds! So I thought I'd devote a week's worth of blogging to dancey stuff.

Starting with this beautiful book.

This was on display at our library, on top of the new releases case. Little Sis grabbed it first, but I swear, all three of us reached for it at once. It's a French book (translated), and the publisher has an International Rights division, making their own books available for a world audience. Dancers of the World is part of a series called "Around the World," which also includes Princesses of the World and Adventurers of the World. I haven't seen the other books, but this one is a fat, gorgeous picture book, with many fold-out pages.

Each dance form is represented by a dancer from a different country, telling the story of her dance in first person.

This would be a beautiful gift for a little dancer!

My photos do not begin to do this book justice. Sybil's illustrations are spectacular, and deserve to be seen in person. Be sure and check out her website.

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