What is a ballerina to do when her sense of order is disrupted by the arrival of a new student?Eight little ballerinas discover that a new dancer can fit in if every dancer makes an effort. The European setting shows the dancers practicing throughout the day while reading, doing math, shopping, at the beach and getting ready for bed. The rhyming text and illustrations will appeal to young girls who like to dance. Teachers will appreciate mathematics connections to grouping.Ballet terms accompany the text.
Recommended by Beth Yankey, Librarian.
In Miss Lina’s school of dance, nine little girls—Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, Regina, and Nina—study ballet with Miss Lina. These little girls love ballet so much that they dance just for fun in the zoo when class is over! The girls are delighted when Miss Lina announces that a boy will be joining the class and will participate in the end-of-year recital. Each girl’s imagination takes off, and she sees herself dancing with this “prince” in a performance in which the audience will only have eyes for her and her incredible performance and beautiful costume. But when one thundery day Tony Farina shows up, soaking and decidedly unimpressive, he looks at the girls, and then runs right back out of the dance studio while performing a pirouette, a sauté, and a grand jeté! “The girls were astounded, bewildered, amazed,/stupefied, startled, dazzled, and dazed,” until Miss Lina orders them to “chassé” him to the street. The nine divas cross their arms and say, “no,” because they think Tony Farina is a show-off. But when they follow him, they discover that he has just as much passion for ballet as they do. The delightful partnership between author Grace Maccarone and pen-and-watercolor illustrator Christine Davenier is part Madeline with some Cat in the Hat and a dash of The Nutcracker Suite whipped up witha generous dose of artistic magic combined into a story all dance-crazed children will adore. The pale pastel palette combined with lines that make the characters move pairs perfectly with the short stanzas of rhyming text. This book is a sequel to the title, “Miss Lina’s ballerinas.” It includes a short glossary of the ballet terms from the French used in this book with simple pronunciation guides. Enjoy this with your favorite ballerina or cavalier. Recommended by Shari Shaw, Librarian, Michigan, USA