Lena can't wait to twirl and leap onstage at her school dance recital, but her family does not have the money to pay for new ballet slippers. As the day of the recital draws closer, Lena struggles to come up with a creative solution to reach her shining moment on stage, learning along the way that what you do is more important than what you wear.
Lena's passion for performing will inspire readers and aspiring ballerinas everywhere to never give up. Parents will love the story's value of individuality over artificial, materialistic ideals. With lovely illustrations, this heartwarming tale highlights the power of perseverance and the joy of creativity.
"Mrs. Pascu announces to the class that they must have yellow skirts or shorts and white shirts and ballet slippers, as this year the students will perform as daffodils. Lena is worried because she knows money is tight and, in her town, even the barest necessities are in short supply. She was hopeful that last year's shirt and slippers would fit, but unfortunately, she has grown too big and she needs new slippers.... The author's note at the end explains that this story was inspired by an event that took place during the author's childhood in Romania. Young readers will be engaged with the pastel-colored illustrations as they root for Lena to find the right slippers for her dance recital." — Annette Herbert, School Library Journal
|4 - 8
|Jun 11, 2019
|Page Street Kids