Albertine's Got Talent!

32p. 978-0-80508-177-0.
PreS-Gr 1—Little Albertine's mom can make new outfits for dolls "in ten minutes flat." Her Dad grows vegetables, and her brother is an expert soccer player. But what is Albertine's talent? Her attempts at gymnastics, swimming, and woodworking end in disaster and she concludes that these activities are not for her. The illustrations are in muted shades, and all the characters are stubby with the same pug noses and skinny legs. Albertine's short pigtails and freckles make her an endearing character. Although most of the story is predictable, children will enjoy seeing Albertine's funny attempts to try out her parents' suggestions. It shows youngsters that they need to discover their own talents lurking inside.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
Humorous text and subdued gouache illustrations follow a girl trying to discover her talent amidst a family of prize-winning gardeners, expert soccer players, and super crafters. Readers will find amusement in Albertine's awkward and ill-fated attempts at gymnastics, swimming, and woodworking. Ultimately it is her ability to laugh at herself that enables Albertine to figure out her true talent.

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