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Shea, Bob.
New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2015
IL K-3, RL 1.5

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Meet Ballet Cat dressed in tutu and pearls, and Sparkles the pony spotted in bright polka dots, in the first title, Ballet Cat: the Totally Secret Secret of the Ballet Cat series. Ballet Cat loves to twirl and leap, while Sparkles prefers to make crafts or play checkers. What will they decide to play today? Ballet Cat insists they practice leaps and twirls together. Sparkles tries to prance and make Ballet Cat happy, but his leaps are dismal. When Ballet Cat asks what’s wrong, Sparkles is afraid to share his secret. However Ballet Cat has a very secret, secret of her own. Will Ballet Cat and Sparkles remain friends if they share their secrets? Read Ballet Cat to find out the secrets of these two thoughtful friends, and if they can remain friends after sharing them.
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program, 2017)

Booktalk #2

During a fun afternoon of playing, Ballet Cat sees that something is wrong with her best friend, Sparkles the Pony--but what is it? Finally Sparkles shares a secret that will either ruin their friendship or make it stronger. But which will it be?  (Garden State Children's Book Awards, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Cats -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Picture books for children.
                        Play -- Fiction.
                        Ponies -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.

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