Title: Princess Posey and the First Grade Ballet
Author: Stephanie Greene
Illustrator: Stephanie Roth Sisson
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Summary: Posey’s ballet class was having a special Valentine’s Dance recital. Miss Julia showed everyone the velvet red hear and sparkly red tutus they would wear. Everyone in class was going to get new leotards for the dance. But when Posey asked her mother for a new leotard, her mother said hers was just fine. In school, Mrs. Lee had the class decorate their Valentine’s Day boxes. At recess Posey’s friends talked about the new girl who never played or even talked. They said she couldn’t buy Valentine’s Day cards because she was poor. Posey worried that her family was poor because her mother said they didn’t have money to buy a new leotard for the ballet. Posey learned what the word ‘generosity’ means, and she decided to share her Valentine’s Day cards to the new girl. But Mrs. Lee printed a set for her to color instead. Posey stayed in at lunchtime to help her so they’d be ready in time for the party. And that night, Posey went to her first ever recital. She heard her baby brother in the audience, and knew that she wasn’t poor… all her riches were sitting in the audience.
Literary Merit: Easy plot line for a beginning chapter book. New vocabulary was explained within the text.
Kid Appeal: Ballet and Valentines! Even more, I think kids will appreciate the underlying message about sharing and counting your blessings.
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Early Chapter Book category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.