Ready for the Spotlight by Jaime Kim. Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536205183
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 4
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book? This is a cute story about a little girl, Tessa, who’s been in ballet class for a month and thinks she’s the best in the class. Always seeming to be outshined by her big sister, Maya, (who’s been doing it longer), Tessa gets upset when Maya gets the lead in the upcoming recital. But Maya, notices that Tessa excels at freestyle dancing and asks for tips while reminding Tessa, that Maya didn’t get the lead when she first started and that the bumble bees in the recital are important too. In the end both girls do well in the show and have fun doing it. I love the care Maya shows for her little sister in bolstering her spirit.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Children ages 4-8
Who should buy this book? Parents and teachers looking to build self-esteem in their children.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Vicky Tandy, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: 1/29/2022