Back of Book:
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.
I received a copy of this picture book from Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this warm and inspiring story about the resilience of one little girl and her determination to dance. Lena wants to dance in her upcoming recital more than anything. She and her family do not have a lot of money and they have to find creative ways to get what they need. When Lena cannot find white slippers she becomes resourceful and figures out a solution that allows her to perform in her recital. Readers will be awed by Lena’s determination and strength. I loved that this story is loosely based on the author’s true experiences as a child in Romania. It allowed me to connect with the story on a deeper level. The illustrations are done with mostly muted colors, which allow a readers eye to focus on Lena.
This is a perfect story for any inspiring ballerinas.
Ages 5 and up