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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Little Diva, written by LaChanze and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Feiwel and Friends, H B Fenn, 2010. $19.99 ages 4 and up

"After breakfast, I get dressed. A real diva always wears outfits that are special and stylish and not like anyone else's. That's why I'm
trying on Mommy's clothes.
I turn one way and then the other."

For those little girls who love pink, purple, princesses and privilege...this book about divas is perfect! Nena is definitely a D.I.T. ...Diva in Training. She wants to be just like her Mom, a Broadway star who works very hard day and night at her craft. Who better to mentor a young daughter? Nena watches her mother closely and tries to imitate her every move.

Nena does all those things that real divas do...eats healthy meals, drinks tea with honey, dresses with pizzazz and panache. She sings, does yoga along with her mother, and is invited to attend a matinee of one of her mother's performances.

If you have ever watched Toddlers and Tiaras you might think you know a diva when you see one. All the primping and coaxing into glamorous hairdos and sequined gowns can result in a demented dynamo who spouts sass and makes the hair on your head stand on end! Be careful what you wish for!

Nena is not like the divas you may have met on T & T; she is warm, often endearing and has a wry sense of humor. She may be an aspiring star but she is also concerned when her mother must return to work in the evening...she will miss her! Ah, she is a little girl at heart.

I love Brian Pinkney's swirly, fluid artwork which brings Nena to full and glorious life on the page. Her dreamy coutenance, as she pursues her dream of following in Mommy's footsteps is there for all to see...and on every page.

An added bonus is a CD that has LaChanze reading the story and performing the 'Little Diva Song'.

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