Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE CRAB BALLET Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! And guess what? It’s also Happy International Dance Day! Isn’t this the perfect day to feature this beautiful new book from one of our kid lit community’s most beloved mentors, Lyrical Language Lab guru Renee LaTulippe. And when you are finished reading this post, please make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway because one lucky winner will receive a copy of THE CRAB BALLET, thanks to the lovely Renee.

Written by Renee LaTulippe

Illustrated by Cecile Metzger

Published by Cameron Kids (2022)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Nature, underwater creatures, dance

Synopsis: From Amazon:
When the tide goes out, the curtain goes up on this clever tale of a sunset seaside show starring the dancing crab divas and their aquatic corps de ballet. 
A fantastical rhyming text ushers readers through one sea-foam-dreamy act after another, from a gentle seahorse pas de deux to dramatic dolphin leaps beyond the spray.

Welcome. Enter. Sit right there.
upon our finest driftwood chair.
Enjoy our sunset seaside show—
our dancers are beyond compare.

Delicately illustrated in sea-washed watercolors by Cécile Metzger, The Crab Ballet is a two-act spectacular full of salt, sea, sand, and French ballet terms. Mais oui!

Why I Love This Book:
1. Beautifully lyrical and a lovely rhyming read-aloud by from the poetic pen of Renee LaTulippe.
2. Gorgeous watercolor illustrations will have you imagining you are deep under the seas.
3. I love books where kids can be educated, entertained, and inspired – The Crab Ballet does all three!


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I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this beautiful book! And please remember that our favorite books need our help. Please spread the word by sharing this post and tagging friends who need to know about THE CRAB BALLET. You can also buy the book, review the book, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And please help spread the word about the #50PreciousWordsforKids – I had a school visit on Wednesday to 36 fourth graders Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School in Orland Hills, IL…and I know that those students are excited to participate.

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