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.
"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