Published by Greenwillow Books
Summary: When a young girl sees a sign reading “Auditions Today” outside a dance studio, she gets a pep talk from a shadowy muse. The silhouette of a similar-looking girl tells her, “Stand up tall./Arch your back./Hold your head high.” The two of them dance off to Central Park and other places around New York City, the shadow reminding the girl of her love of dancing in free verse: “Listen to the hum of your heart’s song./It will never lead you wrong./Dance on top of this city at the center of the universe.” The last page shows the girl soaring through her audition. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Dance aficionados will love the ballet, and others will be inspired to follow their dreams.
Cons: Well? Does she get the part?