Téo’s Tutu

Dial. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984815521.
PreS-Gr 1–This is a story to capture the hearts of readers: Young Téo loves dancing ballet in the sparkly tutu costumes he so admires with the loving support of his parents and his dance community. Marley’s sweeping, radiant illustrations show Téo, a small boy who loves to dance the cumbia with his parents at home, attending ballet class for the first time. Under the guidance of benevolent instructor Ms. Lila, Téo devotes himself to learning new steps and dancing to his heart’s content with his peers. Amid the swirling movement and soft glimmers of pink, purple, and gold, the story will open readers’ eyes to the joys of staying true to what they love. A moment of self-doubt creeps into Téo’s mind at the prospect of performing for an audience in his purple flowing costume, but, encouraged by his parents and the smiles of his fellow dancers, Téo shows what best expresses his delight and fulfills his dream.
VERDICT Written with poise and grace, Macias’s gentle story is filled with warmth from the joys of self-expression and calm assurance found in loving support.

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