Ballewiena

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Ballewiena

By Rebecca Bender
Illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Picture Book Ages 4–7
ISBN: 978-1-77278-137-3
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 10 x 9 inches / 25.4 x 22.86 cm
Pages: 32

Publication Date: June 28, 2022

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Rights Available: World ex. North America

The award-winning creator of the Giraffe and Bird books introduces Dotty the dancing dachshund to celebrate the gifts of those who struggle to “sit” and “stay”

Dotty the dachshund knows she was born to dance ballet. When told to sit, she does a plié. Asked to stay, she does an assemblé. Fed up with Dotty’s lack of discipline, Mrs. Austere sends her to the Canine School of Obedience, but Dotty just can’t seem to learn. Heartbroken, the little dog flees to the park—where an unexpected new friend is waiting. Could he know the secret to helping Dotty dance out her dreams with her own kind of discipline?

In Ballewiena, author-illustrator Rebecca Bender, creator of the award-winning Giraffe and Bird books, introduces a new volume of animal hi-jinks. Tucked into the witty language and amusing antics is a perceptive note of encouragement for anyone who was made for activity in a world that expects stillness.

Reviews:

“A grand addition to the animal corps de ballet.”— Kirkus Reviews

The gouache, watercolor, pencil, ink, and digital illustrations brim with joie de vivre as the wiry pooch spins, leaps, and pursues her dream—readers may find themselves becoming budding balletomanes as the story unfolds.”—Publishers Weekly

The story is well paced, and the lively pictures, created with gouache, watercolor, ink, pencil, and digital elements, portray Dotty as a determined ballerina, performing impressive feats while balanced on her tiny yet strong back legs. A picture-book romp for children who dream of ballet.”—Booklist

“In this inspiring tale, a dance-dazzled dachshund, Dotty, cannot resist mimicking the ballet moves she loves.”—Foreword Review

The delicate and detailed gouache pictures are cute and the message of following your dreams is perennially popular.”—Youth Services Book Review

Overall, BALLEWIENA holds a powerful message for young aspiring dancers and I would recommend it to fans of ballet. It’s also a cute story for children to enjoy and learn to follow their hearts.”—YA Books Central

“Ballewiena by Rebecca Bender and Pajama Press…is another cute book [about] the importance of going after your dreams and to remember to just dance.”—Book Time