Color Illustrations. Fine in Near Fine jacket. From School Library Journal reS-Gr 2-Lizzy's ambitious dream is to be a champion figure skater. She practices her twirls and lutzes around the living room while watching the performers on TV. On the first day of lessons, though, Lizzy sees that figure skating is very difficult and continually falls on her bottom, but resolves to practice, practice, practice. And she does. When the teacher announces the class will skate the story of Snow White, the child is tearfully disappointed to be cast as one of the trees, a role that requires very little movement and more of a standing-still pose. However, on the day of the performance, her exuberance comes through as she leads her fellow trees in a creative ice-dance sequence at the close of the show. Bailey deftly portrays the ambition, desire, disappointment, and creative solution to a common setback. Lizzy's character is visually drawn through expressive, muted gouache illustrations, highlighting her various emotional reactions. In addition, classmates are depicted as a multiethnic group with varied skating abilities. A nice addition to picture-book collections. Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. Product Description All Lizzy wants is to be the best figure skater in the whole wide world. When she begins taking lessons, Lizzy discovers that ice-skating is a lot harder than it looks. Even so, she is determined to learn. And when her teacher announces that the class will be performing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the winter carnival, Lizzy knows she can skate the lead. But Lizzy's dreams are shattered when she is cast as a lowly tree. She valiantly perseveres, and on the day of the show, Lizzy spontaneously leads the other "trees" in a performance no one will ever forget! Young readers will love this spunky heroine who overcomes her setbacks with imagination and humor and discovers her own special way to shine.
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