Monday, June 02, 2008

Angelina Ballerina Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't know how my ballet and dance oriented older daughters managed to miss out on Angelina Ballerina, but this is the first time we have made her acquaintance. Little Cherub was given a boxed set of Angelina books for Christmas, but is only now showing interest ... and Angelina the dancing mouse is right up her street. Dance classes and ballet shoes are familiar from her sisters (though they have outgrown the little pink ballet dress stage), and she has already been brainwashed into expecting that she will learn ballet too. The story is simple - Angelina neglects her daily tasks because she is too busy dancing, until she starts proper ballet lessons, works hard both in and out of ballet, and becomes a proper ballerina. For me the detailed, slightly whimsical illustrations lift the book out of the ordinary.

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