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Toe Shoe Mouse by Jan Carr
Jan 17, 2014 | ISBN 9780823431113

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“All the tension and beauty of the ballet are magnified in this melodramatic mouse tale. . . . the reader gets a mouse’s-eye view of the theater’s murky back passages, costume workshop, and the chandelier-lit theater itself, with its velvet seats and ornate plasterwork. Like a character in a classic ballet, our adventurous rodent hero experiences rapture, terror, and longing before finding a safe haven—and a new friend—in a dancer’s quiet dressing room. Bell’s digitally colored pencil illustrations are full of soft hues, rounded sketchy lines, and lots of chintzy ribbons and roses, which give the story a classic, nostalgic look. Hand this to aspiring ballerinas who can’t get enough of the ballet world.”—Booklist

“Carr’s tale is sweetly told with just a hint of danger . . . Bell’s pencil and digitally rendered illustrations in teals and rosy pinks provide a pretty setting for a pretty little tale.  A honey-coated story of interspecies friendship.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The illustrations from Tendu’s perspective capture how scary just the feet of the custodian are, not to mention his broom. Curled up in a ballet slipper, Tendu looks vulnerable and irresistible. This resourceful and enthusiastic little mouse captures the beauty and wonder of the world of ballet.”—School Library Journal

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