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From the sure-footed duo of James Howe and Randy Cecil comes a hugely endearing new character -- in a humorous, heart-warming tale about holding on to your dreams. (Ages 4-8)

Brontorina has a dream. She wants to dance. But Brontorina is rather large -- too large to fit in Madame Lucille's dance studio. Brontorina does not have the right shoes, and everyone knows you can't dance without the proper footwear. Still, Brontorina knows, deep in her heart, that she is meant to be a ballerina. James Howe introduces a lovable dinosaur whose size is outmatched only by her determination, and whose talent is outmatched only by her charm. Accompanied by Randy Cecil's beguiling illustrations, here is an irresistible story that proves that no problem is too big when the heart and imagination know no bounds.
Publisher: Candlewick Press Somerville, Mass. 2013
ISBN: 9780763653231
Characteristics: [30] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cecil, Randy
Cecil, Randy - Author


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ChristchurchLib Dec 26, 2012

"Brontorina the Apatosaurus is a ballerina at heart, but she is (as instructor Madame Lucille points out) "rather large" and does not have the proper shoes. Nevertheless, Madame Lucille admits Brontorina into her Dance Academy for Girls and Boys - which, by the end of this warmly funny and inspiringly inclusive tale, has suffered a number of holes in its ceiling and gets moved to a ranch and renamed Madame Lucille's Outdoor Dance Academy for Girls and Boys and Dinosaurs (and Cows). This story of following one's dreams strikes a perfect balance between humour and elegance." Picture Books December 2012 Newsletter

forbesrachel Nov 18, 2012

This book not only shows that dreams can come true, no matter how big the odds, but it contains a good dose of humour and even names a few ballet terms.

Sep 30, 2010

This is a heartwarming tale of a dinosaur who wants to be a ballerina and she overcomes the prejudice of those in the dance community who think she is too big to dance. Beautifully illustrated, you will find yourself tearing up with joy as you read the last page. A truly inspirational tale for all ages.

Nonfyction Jul 26, 2010

No matter what size or shape you are - you can still do what you want to do. A lovely message for children.


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PhoenixBoh Jan 18, 2014

PhoenixBoh thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 8


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