James Howe & Randy Cecil
Candlewick, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
ave you ever wanted to do something and everyone said, '
Oh no, you can't!
'? Well, if you have had that unpleasant experience you will be able to appreciate and understand what happened to me.
have always wanted to be a dancer, so one day I went to Madame Lucille's Dance Academy to sign up for lessons. Everyone said I was too big and I didn't have the right shoes. Madame Lucille said, '
But you are a dinosaur.
' I replied. '
But in my heart I am a ballerina.
here were a few obstacles to overcome, like finding a place big enough for me to practice and a pair of slippers that would fit my rather large feet, but you'll see how we dealt with them.
fter a few practice sessions Madame Lucille complimented me and said, '
What a graceful dancer you are, my dear.
' But there still was a big problem. A lot more room was needed because there was a concern that that if I made a misstep (not that I would), the building would be damaged or I might squish one of the other, smaller students.
inally we came up with a solution for this situation and it was such a splendid idea that more of my friends decided to join in and allow their inner ballerinas to emerge too!
think you'll really like my book and you'll see how, with a little determination, you can realize any dream you might have even if other people place roadblocks in your path.
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