Nancy Hartry Jocelyn and the Ballerina

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Jocelyn and the Ballerina

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Jocelyn loves her ballerina. She never takes it off despite her mother's attempts to put it into the laundry. When Jocelyn is wearing her ballerina she can twirl and dance up to the sky. It hugs her legs and keeps her warm. When she is chosen to be the flower girl at Aunt Judy's wedding, however, her mother insists she wear a new pink lace dress. The new dress is scratchy and doesn't twirl at all! Jocelyn must come up with a way to wear her ballerina at the wedding! Will she manage it without Mom and Aunt Judy knowing? Nancy Hartry's charming text and Linda Hendry's humorous artwork perfectly capture a little girl's determination to have her "security blanket" with her at all times. The hilarious conclusion will have young readers laughing aloud.

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Linda Hendry is a children's book author and illustrator. Her craft books include Making Picture Frames and Making Gift Boxes, and she illustrates the Pup and Hound series.

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"What is it about six-year-old girls and ballet? Is it the perkiness of the tutu? The dizzy excitement of all that twirling? For Nancy Hartry_s delightful protagonist in Jocelyn and the Ballerina, a frilly skirt with striped leggings attached has made life perfect. Where Jocelyn_s mother sees only a grubby garment with holes in the knees, Jocelyn feels the magic of being able to leap and twirl until "I dance up to the sky." To keep her beloved "ballerina" safe from the laundry chute or worse, the garbage can, she sleeps with it hanging from her bedpost. Then, one terrible day, Jocelyn_s mother produces a scratchy, pink lace dress; Jocelyn is to be a bridesmaid at Aunt Judy_s wedding. Jocelyn does not agree when her mother says she looks very pretty in the pink dress but just before she walks down the aisle in front of the bride, Jocelyn finds a way to make herself feel much better about the whole situation. Needless to say, the "ballerina" plays an important role." - Barbara Greenwood, City Parent, Toronto

"I love my Ballerina," declares Jocelyn, the single-minded young protagonist of Jocelyn and the Ballerina, written by Toronto_s Nancy Hartry and illustrated by Linda Hendry of Rockwood, near Guelph. Jocelyn wears her Ballerina -- a blue tutu with leggings attached -- every day. And nothing her mother says can stop her, even the presentation of a brand new, lacy, pink flower girl dress for her Aunt_s wedding. "How do you expect me to sleep with that pink thing flashing in my eyes?" Jocelyn demands grumpily. When her mother finally threatens to throw the Ballerina out, Jocelyn gives in. On goes the flower girl dress, and underneath it? . . . It_s an unforgettable walk down the aisle. Jocelyn marches through these pages with force and character, her stubborn nature wonderfully conveyed through Hartry_s strong, straightforward language and revealing dialogue. ("It will not keep me warm." "I know, dear. But it's summertime." "The skirt is not attached." "I know dear.") Here_s a girl with a real voice, and real opinions -- totally authentic, believable childhood opinions at that. Hendry_s depiction of Jocelyn with an overly large nose and a square set to her jaw make her persistent attitude hilariously visible. Scrunched up shoulders, rigid legs, a face of desperate reluctance -- anyone who_s been forced into wearing something despicable will laugh with recognition at the feeling, and at the dreadful gulf between the opinions of adult and child. Henry_s confident, light-hearted drawings and attractive blues and pinks, Hartry_s succinct and understated text, make this a highly entertaining, hit-the-spot picture book. - Deirdre Baker, The Toronto Star

NOTE: This review/column on the 12 top children_s books was on the Front Page of the Vancouver Sun with full colour cover art. "12 top book picks for kids of all ages: Jocelyn simply won_t wear anything else but her "ballerina," a ratty pair of tights with an attached skirt. What_s she to do when her mother insists she wear a new pink-flowered dress to her aunt_s wedding? A story of every child who refuses to abandon a beloved possession." - The Vancouver Sun

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