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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
Mabel and The Magic Ballet Slippers by Rona Jeanne Evartt is a charming book about Naomi, a young girl struggling to adjust to all the new changes in her life as she and her family move from their nice home in the suburbs to "the projects." Scared of facing a new school and losing all of her friends, Naomi tries to do what her mother says and find the blessings in everything that they have, and not to focus on what they no longer have...like Naomi's ballet lessons and her old friends. Everything changes for Naomi when an elderly woman comes over to visit, bringing cookies. Soon, Naomi has a friend and a purpose. With the help of Magic Ballet Slippers, Naomi discovers that she can do anything, no matter where she comes from or how much money she has.
Mabel and The Magic Ballet Slippers would be helpful to any little girl who is going through major life changes or who just needs to remember that everything happens for a reason. Even the most dire of circumstances have their place in our lives because they lead to change and opportunity.
Filled with love, compassion, and many life lessons, Mabel and The Magic Ballet Slippers by Rona Jeanne Evartt is written for children ages 7-9. It is a cute chapter book that could either be read alone by the child or read to the child. Even though there aren't many pictures, (only at the chapter beginnings and as scene separators) the story itself is engaging enough to keep younger readers entertained. I loved this book! I would definitely suggest this book to young girls. It is so good it should be shared.