"Kitty and her friend, Princess Pussycat, both look forward to
their ballet school''s holiday recital, which features selections
from The Nutcracker. Unfortunately, each kitten wants to dance the
same role, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and they begin to quarrel. Ballet
classmate Tom reminds them, ''You''re supposed to be best
friends,'' and their teacher coaxes them to consider alternative
roles, without success. Over the next few days, each kitten
wrestles with her dilemma and comes to the same conclusion.
Early-reading preschoolers will find the book''s relatively simple
text, large print, and wide-spaced lines inviting . . . many
young children will sympathize with the characters'' struggle to
choose between what they instinctively want and what will work out
best. Watercolor washes brighten the pencil drawings of the cuddly
characters, and give them a certain grace as they dance. From the
pink jacket to the happy ending, this addition to the popular
Ballet Kitty series will appeal to the youngest ballet fans."