Betsy B. Little
Was not small at all.
In fact, she was over
Eleven feet tall.
Betsy B. Little, a too-tall, gawky giraffe, wants nothing more than to become a graceful ballerina. But how can she possibly achieve this? Each time she takes a leap in ballet class, her head hits the ceiling! Everyone says she's simply too tall, but Betsy doesn't let that stop her from trying. With passion, determination, and some clever thinking, Betsy sets out to prove her dream is definitely not beyond reach.
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A mother of five and grandmother of six, Anne McEvoy has told her share of children's stories over the years. A produced playwright, actress, and senior writer/editor for American Greetings, Inc., Anne resides in Cleveland, Ohio. This is her first book for children.
Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Betsy B. Little is an unusually tall giraffe, even taller than her parents, and wherever she goes she attracts attention. Riding the school bus, she has to stick her head out of the window and then duck under telephone wires. Jumping rope ties her in knots. And when she goes to bed, her body is too long for the mattress. Betsy dreams of becoming a ballerina, but when she takes lessons, her head bumps against the ceiling and her crashes rattle the other dancers. In the end, however, the giraffe finds a place where she can pirouette with grace and abandon. Betsy is an inspiration for all the gawky ballerinas and too-tall kids no one wants to sit behind. Her temperament remains cheerful and determined when she is presented with physical obstacles. The rhyming text is fairly smooth and has a satisfying ending: "The whole town applauds her/For coming so far/And finding her own way/Of reaching her star." Watercolor illustrations show Betsy's uniqueness and awkwardness with sympathy and wit. No matter her circumstances, she is depicted as an appealing, friendly character with whom readers can identify.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060593377