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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

Jocelyn & The Ballerina

by (author) Nancy Hartry

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Mar 2003
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2003
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Jocelyn loves her ballerina. She never takes it off despite her mother's attempts to put it into the laundry. When Jocelyn is wearing her ballerina she can twirl and dance up to the sky. It hugs her legs and keeps her warm.

About the author


NANCY HARTRY est l’auteure des albums jeunesse Hold On, McGinty! et Jocelyn and the Ballerina. Elle a également écrit le roman à succès Watching Jimmy, qui a gagné la récompense du livre de l’année de l’Association canadienne des bibliothèques en 2010. Lorsqu’elle n’est pas en train d’écrire des histoires, Nancy travaille en tant qu’avocate. Elle vit à Toronto, en Ontario.


NANCY HARTRY is the author of two picture books, Hold On, McGinty! and Jocelyn and the Ballerina. Nancy finds inspiration for her stories in the antics of her children and her larger family, as well as strangers who have no idea that their quirks and foibles will find their way into books. When Nancy is not writing stories, she works as a lawyer. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

"Jocelyn marches through these pages with force and character, her stubborn nature wonderfully conveyed through Hartry's strong, straightforward language and revealing dialogue. Here's a girl with a real voice, and real opinions — totally authentic, believable childhood opinions at that. Hendry's depiction of Jocelyn with an overly large nose and a square set to her jaw make her persistent attitude hilariously visible. Scrunched up shoulders, rigid legs, a face of desperate reluctance -- anyone who's been forced into wearing something despicable will laugh with recognition at the feeling, and at the dreadful gulf between the opinions of adult and child. Henry's confident, light-hearted drawings and attractive blues and pinks, Hartry's succinct and understated text, make this a highly entertaining, hit-the-spot picture book.
The Toronto StarNOTE: This review/column on the 12 top children�s books was on the Front Page of the Vancouver Sun with full colour cover art."A story of every child who refuses to abandon a beloved possession."
The Vancouver Sun

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