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Yep, Laurence.
New York : Putnum & Grosset Group,  1997.
IL 5-8  RL 6.7
ISBN: 0698116062
        How many of you have seen a dancer?  Or seen someone, or know someone you practices ballet?  People who dance ballet are pretty beautiful: they have thin, strong bodies; they're very graceful; sometimes they're even beautiful.  But there is one part of the dancer that is ugly--almost deformed looking.  Can anyone guess?  Yep, it's their feet. Dancers perform on the tips of their toes.  Not just on tippy-toe.  Not even on the tippiest of tippy-toes.  Nope, they perform right on the part of the toe that sticks straight out, whether they're barefoot, in sandals, in shoes, or in boots.  And it hurts!  And it makes the dancer's foot pretty ugly.
        Despite all of that, Robin loves ballet.  It means everything to her.  And this is the year when she gets to go en pointe--gets to dance on her tippier-than-tip-toes toes.  She's excited, ecstatic, she can't wait to learn from Madame Oblamov her instructor.  And then, it happens.  Her parents tell her she has to give up ballet.  Not because of the toes, not because they're mean, but for a family reason.  Robin's mom wants to bring her mother to America.  Robin's grandmother, who she has never seen, lives in China, and it costs lots of money to bring someone over.  Robin's parents tell her they can't afford ballet lessons if her grandmother is to come to America.
        Robin is crushed.  Will she have to give up dance forever?  Is there any future in ballet?  Read Ribbons to find out. (Stacy Charlesbois,  Adult & Young Adult Services Librarian,,  Farmington Community Library, Farmington, Michigan)
SUBJECTS:     Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
                        Grandmothers -- Fiction.
                        Ballet dancing -- Fiction.
                        Chinese United States -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.


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