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Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina

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by Katharine Holabird, Helen Craig (Illustrator)

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Illus. in full color. Angelina is so busy dancing that she does nothing else. Her parents are in despair until they send her to ballet school


Illus. in full color. Angelina is so busy dancing that she does nothing else. Her parents are in despair until they send her to ballet school

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The heroine of Angelina Ballerina , it turns out, is as deft an entertainer twirling on ice as she is performing an onstage pas de deux. Here the spunky, diminutive mouse organizes a New Year's Eve figure skating show. With characteristic aplomb she overcomes a number of obstacles, including two pesky young hockey players who repeatedly interrupt her rehearsals. A confrontation between these ``big boys'' and Angelina erupts into a pond-wide snowball fight, vividly portrayed by Craig in a motion-filled, double-page illustration. This spectacle--as well as captivating depictions of both indoor scenes and the ice extravaganza--more than justifies the artist's top billing on the book's cover. But Holabird's narrative percolates steadily, and words and pictures culminate in a jubilant final scenario replete with well-deserved fireworks. Ages 3-7. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
In this charming picture book, a young mouse named Angelina Mouseling wants to dance more than anything else in the world. She dances everywhere--at home, at school, even in her dreams. She's so wrapped up in her dancing that she forgets to listen closely, tidy up her room, get ready for school and watch where she's going. Not knowing how to handle the situation, Angelina's parents put their heads together and devise a clever plan. They purchase a pink ballet dress and slippers and enroll their young dancer in Miss Lilly's Ballet School. This decision turns out to be an excellent one. Angelina practices her twirls, curtsies and plies during ballet lessons and no longer feels the need to dance all over the place. After her first day of classes, she declares "I'm the happiest little girl in the world today" and soon becomes a better listener and helper. Helen Craig's whimsical illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of Katharine Holabird's wonderful story. Readers of all ages will enjoy this delightful tale. It's a pure winner! 2000, Pleasant Company Publications, Ages 4 to 8, $9.95. Reviewer: Debra Briatico—Children's Literature
It is a rare children's book that depicts the long years necessary to fulfill an ambition. Angelina wants to dance, so she starts ballet lessons and orders her life until she does indeed become a great ballerina. This sweet, well-illustrated story is a book that little girls will want to read again and again! A perfect gift for any young ballerina. 2000, Pleasant Company, $9.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
From the Publisher
"Holabird's sweet-dreams-to-stardom story can't miss. It's all of a light-hearted, light-footed piece."--Kirkus.

Product Details

American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
Angelina Ballerina Series
Product dimensions:
10.42(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Katharine Holabird’s first Angelina Ballerina book was published in 1983. After graduating from the Francis Parker School in Chicago, Katharine attended Bennington College in Vermont. She received a B.A. in Literature from Bennington in 1969, and then worked as a literary editor at the college for a year. The following year she went to Italy, where she became a freelance journalist. In 1974, Katharine married and moved with her husband, Michael Haggiag, to London, England where she lives today with her family.

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Angelina Ballerina 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
here i am at 21 and i still can't help myself from looking up one of my all time favorite children classics. i loved this book when i was 5 or 6 and someday my daughter too will love it. its a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was little I would bring this book EVERYWHERE! To my grandpa's, my babysitter's, all over the house, school, anywere. I had my mom read it to me every night. You really should read this series to any little girls you konw. They will adore it forever, I know I have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a teenager who still loves this series. I haven't been able to find this set of books anywhere for the past few years. I babysit a lot and most of the little girls that i read them to enjoy the books as much as me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and Angelina and the Princess for a friend's daughter's 4th birthday and she absolutely loves it! They read them every night before bed. These books are beautifully illustrated. I will be buying more of these books for other little girls as well. Might even buy a set for myself, they are really beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased as a gift for a friend who bears the title character's name!
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pgcook More than 1 year ago
A great book for all the little ballerinas in your life. It tells the story of a little mouse who just wants to dance but has to learn that there is a time and a place for dancing and that with hard work you can make your dreams come true. My girls love this book.
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