Priscilla is an alley rat with a dream. She wants to be a ballerina. But Priscilla's tiny home is cramping her style-she can't even plié without hitting the furniture, let alone pas de chat.
Madame Genevieve's Dance Studio is the perfect solution. All Priscilla has to do is wait until classes are over, then sneak in and jeté to her heart's content.
Unfortunately the aspiring dancer soon learns that a big, determined watch-cat protects the studio every night. How is a prima ballerina expected to work in these conditions” Her friends don't exactly warm up to her plan to use them to keep the cat busy while Priscilla practices. Disgusted by their lack of commitment to the arts, Priscilla realizes that she is alone.
Priscilla is going to come face to face with her feline enemy. And when she does, she'll get some amazing results.
The team of Jennings and Hendry, who created Priscilla and Rosy has scored again with this funny tale about a ratty but all-too-human heroine who discovers that even enemies can share a dream. As an added bonus, Priscilla and her pals demonstrate the ballet terms mentioned in the story.
"Priscilla the Rat from Sharon Jennings's Priscilla and Rosy is back and young readers will delight in her latest adventure...Priscilla has lost none of the insouciant charm that we came to love in Priscilla and Rosy...Once again she exhibits a breathtaking self-centredness when she asks her ratty friends to put their lives on the line for her dancing. Eventually her determination and courage lead her to a surprising and wonderful solution to her problem. Linda Hendry's saucy pictures brilliantly convey the action and the feelings of Priscilla and her friends....It is a seamless marriage of pictures and text and both author and artist have created memorable characters who inhabit a believable world."- Books in Canada"The softly colored illustrations add just the right mix of whimsy and movement, and Hendry's attention to miniscule details adds a delightful touch; ballet fans will especially enjoy the final spread on which five classic positions are demonstrated."- School Library Journal"Hendry's illustrations are filled with comical details that show up in the rats' clothing and the things that they use, and the ballet pictures catch the poses just right, whether the dancers they depict are humans or rats. The final pages show Priscilla and her friends demonstrating each of the ballet terms mentioned in the text. This warm, satisfying story of friendship and persistence will especially appeal to dance lovers."- Booklist"Priscilla's skinny legs get a real workout in this interesting look at the world of ballet. Her friends demonstrate five ballet terms at the end of the book. Fans of Priscilla and Rosy won't be disappointed, and readers who haven't met these two friends before will be charmed."- ForeWord"...will appeal undoubtedly to little girls who dream of becoming ballerinas. The book concludes with --Priscilla's Dance Studio,-- two pages that illustrate Priscilla and her friends demonstrating the ballet terms found in the story. Young ballerinas will enjoy putting their new knowledge to use. Children will love discovering the details of Hendry's pencil-crayon drawings."- The Annex Gleaner, Torontoclose this panel