Naughty Toes by Ann Bonwill

Naughty Toes

Written by Ann Bonwill
Illustrated by Teresa Murfin

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   eBooks   
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Trixie and Belinda are sisters but they couldn't be more different! Belinda is a born ballerina and the star of Madame Mina's dance class. As far as Madame Mina is concerned, Trixie just has 'naughty toes'. Only Mr Tiempo, the class pianist, has spotted Trixie's talents. He tells Trixie she must follow her feet to reach her dreams.

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Naughty Toes by Ann Bonwill

Naughty Toes is narrated by a little girl called Trixie. At the start of the story she compares herself to her sister, Belinda, who is, we are told, a ballerina. Trixie, however, is not. And we go on to discover Trixie's anti-ballet tendencies in the dancewear she picks out at the shop, the dismay her unconventional technique elicits from her stern teacher, Madame Mina, the way she does her hair, eats an ice-cream, and the part she is given in the end-of-term show - a rock! But Trixie does have talents, even if they don't quite fit the rules of a ballet class, and it's the class pianist, Mr Tiempo, who can see that Trixie would rather be doing a toe-tap than a twirl. Trixie is full of free-spirited energy and she knows her own mind. At the end of the book, we discover how the contents of a mysterious box - left backstage for Trixie after the end-of-term show - allow her to step out and shine a tap dancer!

About the Author

Ann Bonwill

Ann Bonwill grew up in America. Her mother worked as a children's librarian so she was always surrounded by books and she loved to read and write stories throughout her childhood. Ann currently lives in Germany with her husband and young son.

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32 pages


Ann Bonwill
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th April 2011




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