Eleven years ago, my husband and I sat in the audience and watched our child dance. I remember because he turned to me after and said, “she’s really….bad” and he looked surprised. I had seen her dance during parent’s weeks so I must have had lower expectations. I thought she looked great. She was only backwards once and her feet were only half a beat behind the other kids. She was awkward but I knew that once her musicality came in, she’d be just fine. Plus, there was a blessing in the middle, she loved to dance and had no idea that she wasn’t a natural.
Why am I telling you this story? Because most of us have been here. While we all like to think that our kids are exceptional, they can’t be from a statistical standpoint. There are more average kids out there and all of our little girls need to read Rachel Ellyn’s book, Pixie Shoes to understand that they’re not alone. Even Pixies need a little help sometimes.
Pixie Shoes is about Neesa, a pixie that’s a klutz. She struggles with all the tasks that will eventually make her a Pixie and adorn her shoes with gems. Her mentor, Cordelia, is frustrated until she finds a way to help her find her way without jeweled shoes. The book features the Celtic belief of a Mo Anam Cara, a soul friend. Someone who comes into our life and sees our true potential. They typically show up as a teacher or mentor and they push us to better ourselves even when we don’t see our own talent.
For my daughter, that happened when we moved her to a new studio when she was eight. Instead of focusing on the things that she didn’t do well, she was steered towards ballet, her strength. She found a mentor at the studio that has stayed in her life, even though we no longer dance with her. And, she found herself.
A book like Pixie Shoes would’ve been a perfect read for my daughter through that journey (what little girl doesn’t love pixies). It might have given her another little bit of confidence. You can buy the chapter book can be on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback. It would make a perfect stocking stuffer for the holdays.
Rachel Ellyn creates stories that inspire children to dream, to explore, and to build their confidence to be uniquely themselves. After living and traveling around the work, Rachel now resides in the Kansas City Metropolitan area with her husband, her children, and her crazy puppy dog, Pixie. This is Rachel’s sixth children’s book. Be sure to check out her others!