. . . . Volume VIII Number 2 . . . . September 21, 2001
and the Ballerina.
Hartry. Illustrated by Linda Hendry.
ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2000.
pp., cloth, $18.95.
3/ Ages 5-8.
by Ian Stewart.
Everyday my Mom says,
"Jocelyn, you're not wearing that old rag again, are you?" I pretend not
When I go to sleep,
I shout "Don't you dare put my Ballerina down the laundry chute."
I hang it on my bedpost so I can see it all night. But something happens!
Every morning, I
find my Ballerina hiding under a pile of dirty clothes.
is an old moth eaten tutu and leggings that she claims not only keep her
warm, but the twirling skirt pushes her higher and higher into the sky
as she dances. She loves it so much, but Mom hates the smelly old rag,
and, try as she might, she cannot get her stubborn daughter to wear any other clothes.
The Ballerina's day of reckoning draws near when Jocelyn is informed that she is
going to be a flower girl in her Aunt's wedding.
She will wear a special pink dress, or the ballerina is going "in the garbage."
However, the single minded Jocelyn devises a way to wear her beloved Ballerina
as well as the hated Pink. The results at the wedding are naturally
hilarious. Nancy Hartry's book is a joy, and any child or adult who has
or remembers a treasured toy, blanket, piece of clothing, or special place
will absolutely love this endearing story. It speaks to the magic of life
and imagination that can be found in the simplest of things, and this naturally told tale
deserves and ought to be shared with children for generations to come.
Stewart is a Winnipeg teacher and regular contributor to CM and
the book review page of the Winnipeg Free Press.
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