ANGELINA BALLERINA by Kathrine Holabird is the engaging story of a pretty little white mouse who wants so much to be a ballerina, she dances all the time. She can't be bothered with everyday things like cleaning her room or eating or getting to school on time. When her parents have come to their wit's end on how to deal with her behavior they make a decision to bring their little ballerina-wanna-be down to earth. They take her hopes and dreams seriously and support and guide her toward fulfilling them. Shortly thereafter, Angelina begins ballet lessons. The attention her parents paid to her love of ballet paid off in the form of her willingness to do all the things she didn't want to do before, because she could dance in ballet class and in recitals. She followed her dreams but at the same time learned there is a time and place for fun, and a time to do your work. Her perseverance paid off and she became a famous ballerina.
Myra and I loved this story and Helen Craig's detailed, charming drawings. Mice aren't our favorite animals but Angelina, Mr. and Mrs. Mouseling and all the other mouse characters, though clearly little animals, with anatomically correct limbs and long whiskers, are successfully humanized and utterly winsome and dear.
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