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Book Title: Tallulah's Tutu|
Edition: Clarion Books
Date of issue: March 21st 2011
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The author of the book: Marilyn Singer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.28 MB
Read full description of the books Tallulah's Tutu:While I do indeed find part of Marilyn Singer's Tallulah's Tutu evocative and sweet, and also understand (up to a certain point) Tallulah's frustrations at not immediately getting her desired tutu (that it is not simply taking ballet lessons, that one has to actually earn one's tutu), to me, and on a personal and emotional level, the main protagonist comes off as more than a bit spoiled, entitled and judgmental (especially at the beginning of the book, and especially towards other children). The scenario (the episodes) depicted (and Talulah's often rather nasty attitudes and snide comments) actually remind me most uncomfortably and painfully of the time my mother made me take beginning ballet lessons at around age twelve to "improve my posture" (most of the other children in the class, all much younger than I was, relentlessly teased me and made fun of my lack of dancing grace, and unfortunately, the instructor also sometimes joined in). Thus, while objectively, I can and do much appreciate what Tallulah's Tutu presents and represents (and that it will likely be a hit with many young dancers and ballet enthusiasts), on a purely subjective and emtional level, I do not particularly (if at all) care for this book, mostly because I do not particularly care for Tallulah and her teasing, entitled, sometimes even snidely nasty ways (her behaviour leaves much to be desired and is not even criticised all that much either, which in my opinion it should have been).
As for Alexandra Boiger's accompanying illustrations, they are sweet and expressive (showing, presenting especially the movement inherent in and with dance exceedingly well), and although I would not call them personal favourites (as there is simply a bit too much of an emphasis on pinks and frilliness for my tastes), they do mirror and provide a sweet and joyful compliment to the narrative, to the printed words. Two and a half stars, rounded down to two stars as the more I consider Tallulah, the more I do not like her (the more I actually and avtively despise her).
Read information about the authorMarilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a B.A. in English from Queens and an M.A. in Communications from New York University.
In 1974, after teaching English in New York City high schools for several years, she began to write - initially film notes, catalogues, teacher's guides and film strips. Then, one day, when she was sitting in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she penned a story featuring talking insect characters she'd made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories and in 1976 her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn't, was published by E.P.Dutton & Co.
Since then, Marilyn has published over seventy books for children and young adults. Her genres are many and varied, including realistic novels, fantasies, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, mysteries and poetry. She likes writing many different kinds of books because it's challenging and it keeps her from getting bored. She has won several Children's Choice and Parents' Choice Awards, as well as the following: the Creature Carnival, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, 2005; I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion, New York Public Library's "Best Books for the Teen Age," 2001; Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2000 (YALSA); On the Same Day in March, Booklist's Top Ten Science Books of 2000; NCSS-CBC Notable Book, 2000; Deal with a Ghost, finalist, YA category, Edgar Award, 1998; It Can't Hurt Forever, Maud Hart Lovelace Award, 1983; The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 1983; Turtle in July, NCTE Notable, N.Y.Times Best Illustrated and Time Magazine Best Children's Books of 1989; Turtle in July was also a Reading Rainbow review book.
Marilyn currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband Steve; their standard poodle Oggi, a cousin of their beloved and recently departed poodle Easy, seen in the home page photo; a cat named August ; two collared doves named Jubilee and Holiday; and a starling named Darling. Her interests include dog training, reading, hiking, bird-watching, gardening, meditation, playing computer adventure games and going to the movies and the theatre. She's also a major Star Trek fan.
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