Vampirina Ballerina

Vampirina Ballerina

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Overview

Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace, LeUyen Pham

Oh, to be a ballerina! It's a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets at night. Then you have to figure out how to perfect your form when you can't see yourself in the mirror? And then there's wearing pink (not the most flattering of colors if you happen to be undead) and that nagging urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers. And worse of all? STAGE FRIGHT!!!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423157533
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Series: Vampirina Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 56,378
Product dimensions: 9.22(w) x 10.72(h) x 0.52(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Anne Marie Pace (www.annemariepace.com) has had stories, poems, and articles for kids published in such magazines as Highlights for Children, My Friend, Wee Ones, and On the Line. A 2005 Grand Prize winner in the Smartwriters W.I.N. contest as well as a 2009 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Award Letter of Merit recipient, her first picture book, NEVER EVER TALK TO STRANGERS, was published in September 2010 by Scholastic Book clubs.

LeUyen Pham (http://www.leuyenpham.com/) is the prolific and bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore and God's Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pham has also written and illustrated her own works, including All the Things I Love About You and Big Sister, Little Sister. A former animator for Dreamworks, she lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco

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Vampirina Ballerina 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book about an adorable, loveable little vampirette who longingly dreams to become a dancer.  She hangs posters of dancers over her coffin and her headstone is completed with quotes about dancing.  She spends so much time dancing around the house that her mother and father decide it's time to starting classes.  She does have challenges to overcome.  She first of all has to chose a night class.  She has to figure out how to perfect her form when she is unable to see herself in any of the mirrors.  She has to resist the urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers and worst of all she has to conquer her Stage Fright!   Oh my, what is a goth girl supposed to do?  She is instructed not to show her fangs  and always to get a good night's sleep.  She is a fortunate little vampire because she has the full support of her family which is made up of ghouls and monsters.  She focuses, is unwavering, and works very hard towards achieving her goal and executing an amazing debut performance, making friends along the way.  Although the main character is a vampire, the book is not scary at all.  The two themes that run through the book are:  reach your dreams through perseverance, never, ever give up.  The book shows you how to deal with your feelings of inadequacy and insecurity when you are an outsider trying to fit in to mainstream despite your obvious uniqueness.  The illustrations are charming, simple, expressive and cartoon-like.  The illustrator, herself an immigrant from Vietnam, knows how hard it is to assimilate into a new lifestyle. She takes the colours  black, white and pink and then adds sparkles which adds such luxury and fun to them.  The illustrations are pure perfection and dove-tail exactly with the text.  Vampirina learns that, "Even without wings, you can leap higher than you think."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old loves this book so much she carries it around. The story is sweet and appropriate and the illustrations are beautiful. Along the same lines as Fancy Nancy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet, affirming book. I gave it as a gift and the parent of the recipient was thrilled. Not only is Vampirina adorable with a host of equally adorable and comic friends, but it has a wonderful theme. We all want our children to strive toward their goals whether or not they "fit the mold." Encore!