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Author: Robin Farley

Illustrator: Aleksey Ivanov, Olga Ivanov

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012

Material: hard cover

Summary: Mia is so excited. She is a ballerina at Miss Bird's School of Dance. Not all of the dancers are able to do the dance steps, and Miss Bird asks Mia to help teach some of her classmates. Mia loves teaching, and she steps up to the challenge. This is an early reader for developing readers.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 1.6

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This is a nice book for new readers. I like how the illustrations express the ballerinas' learning with excitement and confidence. I can see Mia and the Tiny Toe Shoes as an inspiring story for the beginning reader to continue to read and enjoy stories of success. The book illustrates a way for young readers to get involved in their activities and to work hard at their talents.

Adult Reader Reaction: Mia stories are always sweet and enjoyable. Decoding will be easier for children who understand ballet steps. "Position" is not an easy word to decode or sound out for a beginning reader.

Pros: Cute illustrations and nice story set this apart from other easy readers that are far more stilted.

Cons: This is a book that you may want to partner read, first. There are some words that are a bit of a stretch for this level of reader.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Easy readers are books that have very short shelf lives. As readers build their skills, they will want "meatier" stories.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BALLET (Series Two - Usborne Internet-Linked Book)   LITTLE BALLET STAR   EVERYTHING GOES: HENRY GOES SKATING (I Can Read Book)

Educational Themes: This is a book for children learning to read. The story has a lesson about perseverance, practice, and being a good friend.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, performing arts, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2013

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