T is for Tutu: A Ballet of Alphabet
By: Sonia Rodriguez and Kurt Browning
Illustrated by: Wilson Ong
This is a wonderfully informative alphabetic picture book for kids about the nuts and bolts of ballet. It is written by two Canadians who know a LOT about ballet. Kurt Browning is a four-time world champion figure skater. He was the first skater to be named as Canada’s outstanding male athlete and was honored by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 greatest sports figures in Canada. Sonia Rodriguez studied dance in Madrid with Pedro de la Cruz and at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. She was also part of the National Ballet of Canada in 1990 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2000.
Very rarely do we have a picture book written by two such greats! The book is very colorful and instructive too. The young reader will learn everything there is to know about ballet from leotard’s, tutus, tights, joyous jumps and even the history of dance. In addition, each page has an informative side bar about the topic resented on the page. This book will be of amazing educational value!
My niece was transported by the book and the illustrations. She is begging me for her very own copy. I will be buying her this book for Christmas. I know she will cherish it for many years to come.
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
Author and Editor