Product Details

$18.95  $17.62
Pajama Press
Publish Date
10.2 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

is a
well-loved author-illustrator of children's books as well as an art director
and designer. Her books include the popular Giraffe and Bird collection, How
Do You Feel?
And the illustrations for Peach Girl by Raymond
Namakura, as well as those for the Slug Days Stories. Rebecca's awards and honors include the OLA Blue
Spruce Award, a Cooperative Children's Book Center best-of-the-year choice, and
a Toronto Public Library best-of-the-year selection. She graduated from the
Ontario College of Art and Design at the top of her class, earning the Medal
for Illustration. Rebecca lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and three


Praise for Ballewiena

2022 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Dr. Larry Recommends "Ten Picture Books, June 2022" Feature

"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

"I loved the potential for expanding children's and adults' knowledge of real ballet terms with a sweet story... it's a great way to introduce ballet or dancing to a child who might have never thought they could do those things." --Seattle Book Review

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

"This is a delightful, joyful, inspiring, and vibrant book... With beautiful, colorful, and cheerful illustrations, Bender has created a charming story sure to be relatable for everyone who has ever struggled in fulfilling their dreams. This book inspires confidence, self-love and determination."--Children's Literature

"Young readers will be drawn to the colourful illustrations, highlighting a dog's perspective....This familiar story about acceptance is ideal for young readers...touching on such themes as resilience, discipline, the power of friendship, and accepting differences."--CM Magazine

"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

"Bender's watercolour and gouache illustrations are comical and colourful. This book will bring smiles and attempts to replicate moves from young ballet enthusiasts."--Winnipeg Free Press

"Ballewiena by Rebecca Bender and Pajama another cute book [about] the importance of going after your dreams and to remember to just dance."--Book Time

"Let's get some joy in our lives. Dance, dogs, and fulfillment will do just the trick... [Ballewiena] would make a great gift for any child who enjoys dance classes, but it has important messages about following your aspirations and being true to yourself while ensuring that you put the work in so it becomes a goal and not a pipe-dream."--CanLit for LittleCanadians

" a funny picture book to share with those kids who can't sit still and who want others to discover their hidden talents!"--The International Educator

"5 out of 5 stars....This is such a cute story! I loved the pretty art style, and all the sweet characters!... Such a great message for kids to help them see that really great accomplishments require effort and consistent practice."--Luminous Libro

"This is a delightful, joyful, inspiring, and vibrant book...With beautiful, colorful, and cheerful illustrations Bender has created a charming story that...inspires confidence, self-love and determination."--Karla Fasso (Instagram)