MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS by Grace Maccarone

MISS LINA'S BALLERINAS

Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

In an infectiously rhyming text not a little reminiscent of Madeline, eight little girls ranging in name from Christina and Edwina to Marina and Nina all study ballet in Messina. They dance at school and they dance at the zoo. “They danced at the beach, / in four lines of two.” When a ninth girl named Regina appears at school, mathematical mayhem ensues. Miss Lina elegantly points out the solution and now the girls practice their pliés “in three rows of three.” Author and illustrator have teamed up for a lovely story about friendship, ballet and grouping numbers. The narration plays with sophisticated words and reads aloud with a gentle musical cadence. Davenier’s colorful illustrations are filled with humor, movement and lovely shades of pink. Whether in double-page spreads or tiny vignettes, abundant action is indicated with graceful pink swoops. The little girls, nicely multiethnic, have personality, and young readers, budding ballerinas or not, will enjoy the details of the ballet studio and the joie de vivre of the nine young ladies. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-312-38243-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2010




MORE BY GRACE MACCARONE

ChildrenTHE THREE LITTLE PIGS COUNT TO 100 by Grace Maccarone
by Grace Maccarone
ChildrenMR. HAPPY AND MISS GRIMM by Antonie Schneider
by Antonie Schneider

MORE BY CHRISTINE DAVENIER

ChildrenTHE CAT WITH SEVEN NAMES by Tony Johnston
by Tony Johnston
ChildrenIT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING by Christine Davenier
by Christine Davenier
ChildrenSAMANTHA ON A ROLL by Linda Ashman
by Linda Ashman

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBALLERINA SWAN by Allegra Kent
by Allegra Kent
ChildrenELLA BELLA BALLERINA AND SWAN LAKE by James Mayhew
by James Mayhew
ChildrenANGELINA'S CINDERELLA by Katharine Holabird
by Katharine Holabird
ChildrenBALLERINA ROSIE by Sarah Ferguson
by Sarah Ferguson