I love Whoopi Goldberg. She was a teen mother who gave birth at 17 and went on to become a funny, highly intelligent actress and author. She is the mother of 1, grandmother of 3 and great grandmother of 1. While looking for Christmas gift for my granddaughter, I discovered the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books. Incorporating diversity into my blog, but truth be told there’s not much on the market for Bi-Racial, Latino or African American children. Especially in the form of books relating to their culture. The market is getting better, but there’s room for improvement.
The Sugar Plum Ballerinas series by Whoopi Goldberg is a great gift idea. In particular, Birthdays, Christmas, or just because are great times to give one of the books until you complete the series. I started the Sugar Plum Ballerinas series for my granddaughter. Each book tells a story that little girls can relate. For example, leaving behind friends and moving to a new town. Furthermore, about being untruth or not feeling good enough.
Furthermore, I want my grandchildren to be proud of who they are. Just as important, I want them to be able to relate to characters who look like them. I think it is important that all children be able to relate to the stories they are reading. It’s important that they see images that look like them, their relatives, and other children they are playing with. Personally, I think the world is a much better place when everyone is included.
I’ve purchased the first 2 books in the series. The first book is Plum Fantastic and the second is Toeshoe Trouble. This series is great for girls ages 6-12; however, some reviewers believe 6-10 is more appropriate. In addition, the average number of pages in the books is 160. My granddaughter is still a little young, but she can blow the dust off the books later.
I need to purchase the following books to complete my set: Terrible Terrel, Sugar Plums to the Rescue, Perfectly Prima, and Dancing Diva.
The books are paperback. Each are reasonably priced at $5.00 each on Amazon. At that prize, you could give the entire set without breaking the bank or you can download them to your Kindle. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories are realistic. Little girls love who love tutus and dream of being a ballerina will love the series. Add it to your gift giving list.