Miss Lina's Ballerinas

Hardcover | October 26, 2010

byGrace MaccaroneIllustratorChristine Davenier

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In four rows of two, Miss Lina's eight ballerinas-Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, and Nina-dance to the park, at the zoo, and even while doing their schoolwork. They are one perfect act, but when Miss Lina introduces Regina, a new girl, the group of nine's steps become a mess.

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In four rows of two, Miss Lina's eight ballerinas-Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, and Nina-dance to the park, at the zoo, and even while doing their schoolwork. They are one perfect act, but when Miss Lina introduces Regina, a new girl, the group of nine's steps become a mess.

Grace Maccarone is a children's book editor and the author of many books for young readers, including the First Grade Friends series, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. She lives in Westchester, New York.Christine Davenier has illustrated many books for children, including the Piper Reed series, and was the recipient of a New York Times Best...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 10.74 × 8.31 × 0.4 inPublished:October 26, 2010Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031238243X

ISBN - 13:9780312382438

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Read from the Book

They danced at the park.

They danced at the zoo.

They danced at the beach,

in four lines of two.

Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina,

Katrina, Bettina, Marina, and Nina.

They danced at the market where they did their shopping.

In four lines of two, they danced without stopping.

Editorial Reviews

"An infectiously rhyming text not a little reminiscent of Madeline..Author and illustrator have teamed up for a lovely story about friendship, ballet and grouping numbers. Davenier's colorful illustrations are filled with humor, movement and lovely shades of pink.young readers, budding ballerinas or not, will enjoy the details of the ballet studio and the joie de vivre of the nine young ladies." -Kirkus Reviews"The book is a charmer." -Publishers Weekly"The children are full of movement and expression, and the setting has a Parisian feel. Reminiscent of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline, this will be a crowd pleaser with aspiring ballerinas and also makes a great introduction to a math lesson on number groupings." -School Library Journal"French illustrator Davenier (one of the New York Times' Ten Best illustrators for 2002) keeps the little girls exuberantly dancing in class, through math lessons, in the park, at the zoo, and at the beach. Her ink, watercolor and colored pencil drawings are lively, detailed, and witty; readers may enjoy tracking the shades of pink from pale to potent in fashions for nightgowns, bathing suits, school dresses, and shopping outfits--as well as tutus. (They can also note that the new classmate wears hot pink leg warmers, as do all the others when they finally accept her.) Maccarone's agile rhyming text dances along, too, making good use of the nine musical names Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, Nina, and new friend, Regina. Girls who love dance will likely find this story of immersion in ballet, making friends, and learning to adapt, most appealing." -Children's Literature