Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret ‒ Bob Shea

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD70L
  • Series: Ballet Cat
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484713788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484713785



Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play today. Nothing that Sparkles suggests–making crafts, playing checkers, and selling lemonade–goes well with the leaping, spinning, and twirling that Ballet Cat likes to do. When Sparkles’ leaps, spins, and twirls seem halfhearted, Ballet Cat asks him what’s wrong. Sparkles doesn’t want to say. He has a secret that Ballet Cat won’t want to hear. What Sparkles doesn’t know is that Ballet Cat has a secret of her own, a totally secret secret. Once their secrets are shared, will their friendship end, or be stronger than ever?


Rationale for Inclusion: In addition to being acclaimed by credible sources such as Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and School Library Journal, this book provides a lovely story about friendship that incorporates humor and bright illustrations that are sure to dazzle and keep children entertained. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is that it sends kids an important message that even if two friends have a difference of opinion or conflicting interests, friends can still remain friends. Open dialogue and honest communication can lead to healthy compromises that maintain healthy friendships.



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