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Naughty Toes


author Ann Bonwill

illustrator Teresa Murfin

Oxford University Press UK, tiger tales US (2011)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Hardcover ‏/Paperback : ‎ 32 pages

US hardcover edition ISBN: 9781589251038

US paperback edition ISBN: 9781589254305


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Trixie and Belinda are sisters, but they couldn't be more different.

Belinda is a born ballerina and the star of Madame Mina's dance class.  As far as Madame Mina is concerned, Trixie just has 'naughty toes'.  Only the class pianist, Mr. Tiempo, has spotted Trixie's talents.  With his help, Trixie finds a way to reach her dreams.

A story about having the confidence to shine - there should be a little bit of Trixie in all of us!



"Those who march (or dance) to the beat of their own drummer should take heart in this story about a girl with a mind of her own." —Publisher's Weekly


"A refreshing take on the need to follow one's own heart - or feet."  —Kirkus Reviews 

Naughty toes Belinda illustration

I was inspired to write Naughty Toes by my editor's story of her childhood ballet teacher, who used the phrase ‘naughty toes’.  I loved that!  I drew on my experiences from years of dance classes that I took as a girl.  I was probably somewhere between Belinda and Trixie--I was not quite a disaster, but I was not terribly graceful either.  No matter what, I loved to dance, and I still do!


Ann Bonwill as child ballerina
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