Naughty Toes by Ann Bonwill

Naughty Toes by Ann Bonwill  is a story of a dancer learning to follow her feet.

Chloe and Belinda are sisters. While Belinda is a born dancer and the star of Madame Mina’s dance class, Chloe is constantly told that she has “naughty toes” because they aren’t doing what they should. Even Chloe’s hair doesn’t behave. With the help of Mr. Tiempo, Chloe discovers how to follow her feet and step out in style.

There are several reasons girls will enjoy Naughty Toes. It has an excellent message of following your heart despite what others think. Bonwill does a fine job of portraying classical ballet training, which will be a hit with ballerinas everywhere. The soft pastel illustrations by Teresa Murfin are the perfect complement to the story. With her artwork, she is able to capture the regal feel of the ballet, as well as Chloe’s zanier style.

What bothered me a bit as I read is the negativity of the adults toward Chloe. Mom isn’t thrilled with Chloe’s choice of a leotard. Madame Mina keeps telling her that she has “naughty toes.” Dad is frustrated by trying to manage her hair. In the show she gets the least desirable role. With the exception of Mr. Tiempo, all the adults seem to be against her. It ends well, but as you read you can’t help but feel sorry for Chloe, who is strapped with all these people who don’t understand her. It wasn’t my favorite way to express the importance of listening to your inner self.

Naughty Toes would resonate well with young girls who aren’t natural dancers or who struggle through other awkward phases.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:1589251032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589251038
  • SRP:  $15.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

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