Picture Book Review: Clorinda, by Robert Kinerk and Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)

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Meet Clorinda!
Life on the farm is everything a cow like Clorinda could want, or so
she thought. Then one Election Day, while up at dawn to travel to the
distant city to cast her annual ballot, Clorinda is confused by the
signs and stumbles into a performance of classical ballet instead.
Bewilderment soon gives way to enchantment and she loses her heart to
the magic of the dance. Clorinda’s dream of becoming a bovine ballerina
is set and she’s headed for the big-city stage to start her career. Her
mottoes, “Be bold and imaginative! Shoot for the sky!”

Robert
Kinerk’s witty and spirited verses combine with Steven Kellogg’s
effervescent and expansive artwork to introduce an endearing heroine.
Irrepressible Clorinda will inspire standing ovations and cries of
“ENCORE!” from picture-book readers of all ages.

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This beautifully written tale of Clorina is inspirational and encouraging.  It is about a cow that wants to dance ballet.  Of course, this is difficult to do when you are a cow.  But she perseveres and works hard until she manages to reach her dreams.  But things don’t turn out they way she had hoped…

This witty story is charming and contains a good message about working for the things you really want…and knowing when something just isn’t going to work for you.

The Illustrations:  The artwork is beautiful and expressive.  Nicely outlined and detailed, the pictures in Clorinda draw the reader in and enhance the overall story.   

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (July 24, 2007)
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