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Angelina Ballerina

(Angelina Ballerina)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  9,859 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Angelina is so busy dancing that she does nothing else. Her parents are in despair until they send her to ballet school.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 19th 2006 by Viking Books (first published 1983)
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Abigail
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Ballet Lovers / Children Who Enjoy Stories About Mice
Originally published in 1983, and then presented in this 25th Anniversary Edition in 2008, this first story about that dancing mouse, Angelina Ballerina, is immensely charming. Always dancing, always moving, Angelina is the despair of her mother, as she causes destruction wherever she goes with her arabesques, and is always running late because she is imagining her life as a ballerina. Then Mrs. Mousling speaks to Mr. Mouseling, and they cook up a plan: they will give Angelina a beautiful ballet ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This really should have a sticker on the cover to indicate that it's the politically correct edition. I was curious about what had been changed in this "refreshed" version so I read it aloud while my daughter followed along in our copy of the original book. The only changes we found were all related to the use of words suggesting that characters were male or female. Angelina is no longer chased by the "little boys" in her class, but by "mouselings;" the "little girls" in her ballet class are als ...more
Jessica Rawden
Angelina loves to dance;so much so, that she forgets to clean and to get ready for school--so much so, that she even ruins her neighbors pansies in the process! So, her parents decide to buy her a brand new, pink ballet dress and slippers. This is the "Oh, Angelina syndrome"--she means well, ya know, she doesn't know any better. After she gets her brand new gear, Angelina attends dance class and is more responsible at home. She eventually becomes a famous ballerina.



How is any of this logical?



I
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Valerie
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, childrens
This is a sweet book about a mouse that dances all the time instead of doing what she is supposed to be doing like cleaning her room or getting ready for school. When her parents give her an outlet for that talent and interest, she starts doing as she is supposed to do.

The book has beautiful drawings and add to the story. I really like how the coloring changed when Angelina reached her goal.

Overall, it's a good story. It's missing that little extra that would make it great but it would make a g
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Judy
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
rating: 3.5

I haven't read any of the Angelina stories with my 3-year-old niece, yet, but they were only twenty-five cents each at the local thrift store, so I went ahead and bought the four Angelina books they had. This niece is into twirling and dancing, so she may identify with Angelina. The illustrations are so thorough that there's almost no need for words. The last page wasn't what I expected.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Angelina can think of nothing but ballet; she dances as she walks, she thinks about dancing, and she even dreams about dancing. Somehow everything else is neglected and she makes a bungle of the things she is asked to do. Then her mother has an idea and it changes everything.

Angelina Ballerina is a modern classic for children, with a relatable story and wonderful illustrations.
Katherine
The mouse cottage in this book has forever been my house goals™️. All around childhood favorite!
Blair
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gr9-summer
I was going through our storage and found a few of my old books and this one's cover caught my eye. I recognized it and remembered the beautiful illustrations, but not the plot. So poof I reread it and I love it. One of my favorites and would highly HIGHLY recommend to anyone ages 2-5. This might even make my favorites shelf.
Sarah Sammis
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird through the animated series. We were in Bend, Oregon on a trip. Harriet was getting over a stomach bug and I was coming down with one. We were holed up in our hotel room eating take out and watching kids television. Harriet was just learning to walk at the time. I don't know if her first exposure to Angelina Ballerina made any lasting impression or not.

Fast forward two and a half years to Harriet being in preschool. She started taking a d
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C.D. Gill
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Work hard for what you want. Enjoyable book
Lauralai
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread, 2017, 4-stars
I loved this book as a little girl, and now it's my birthday and it's four in the morning and I'm not crying YOURE CRYING
smetchie
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to smetchie by: Jamie
Shelves: children
The illustrations are lovely and extremely detailed. Every time I look at the picture of Angelina dancing around her kitchen I see something new. scrub brushes under the sink. herbs drying in the window. oven mitts above the stove.
ABC
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
I had heard about Angelina Ballerina so I was expecting a lot, but this book wasn't outstanding or anything. DS did learn the word "curtsy" from this book.
Juwairiyah Sa-eed Abubakar
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK AS A CHILD.
Kelly
Angelina dreams of being a ballerina and she dances all day; before school, at school, while she's supposed to be doing her chores.
Claire Trice
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird

Summary: In the book Angelina Ballerina, we meet a young mouse named Angelina who loves to dance more than anything, so much so that it distracts her from all the other chores and tasks she needs to do throughout her day. Angelina’s love for ballet often gets her in trouble and causes her mother to scold her. Then, one day Angelina’s father thinks it’s time to let her start her first ballet class. When Angelina goes to her ballet class it soon becomes a v
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Tonja Drecker
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is and has been a treat for many children, who not only dream of becoming a ballerina but have a passion they would love to pursue.

Angelina is a sweet little mouse who can only think about dancing. Everywhere she goes, her steps turn into spins and leaps. Unfortunately, this does cause some problems, at times, and small chaotic messes. When her parents enroll her in ballet classes, Angelina has found her place and her dancing along with it.

The is such a lovely book and as relevant for
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Amy
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angelina Ballerina is here to dance her way in the hearts of a whole new generation. Initially published in 1983, this beloved storybook is redesigned and ready to relaunch its classic tales throughout the next year. Little Simon is excited to bring this treasured classic to a whole new generation of readers.

All Angelina wanted to do was dance. She danced through her chores, danced her whole way to school, and even danced in her dreams, but Angelina’s dancing was causing quite a stir. She danc
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Liza Rekett
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Angelina Ballerina is about a young girl (mouse) who is having trouble listening to her parents because she feels the need to constantly be dancing. She is constantly being scolded by her parents and others for not doing what she is supposed to. Then one day, she is given the gift of ballet shoes and dance lessons and she could not be happier. From then on she went to ballet every day and got her dancing out of her system so when she got home she could listen to her parents and do what she's tol ...more
Anne Quint
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Angelina Ballerina is a story about a young mouse who dreamt of being a ballerina. Angelina would dance all over the house, forgetting tasks that she was asked to do, and making a mess of her mothers things. Her mother, Mrs. Mouseling began to see her dancing as a nuisance. Mr. and Mrs. Mouseling signed Angelina up for ballet lessons and she was overjoyed. She was so busy dancing in her class that she didn't feel like she needed to dance at home. From then on she went to school on time and did a ...more
Isabelle McBride
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Summary: "Angelina Ballerina" is a story about a young mouse who is very passionate about ballet and wants very badly to take ballet lessons in order to become a ballerina. After much convincing towards her mouse parents, they finally give Angelina her first pair of ballet shoes and tell her she can take lessons. Angelina loves her ballet lessons and works hard to be a great ballerina.

Theme: Work hard towards what you want in life, follow your dreams

Rating: 5 out of 5

Personal Response: This book
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Anna-Claire Pilkington
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
1) This book is very simple and straight forward. It is about a young mouse, Angelina, who wants nothing more than to be a ballerina. She dances all the time until her parents finally enroll her in some ballet classes. The classes lead to her being extremely happy and working hard in all things-cleaning, helping her mom and of course, ballet! She works hard to achieve her goal of becoming a famous ballerina.

2) The major theme of this story is chasing your dreams and never giving up.

3) I person
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Kara Harte
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angelina was literally my favorite book when I was little, and one of the earliest books I can remember being read to me/reading myself once I learned how. I was obsessed, and even had a pink tutu just like hers. 💖

Revisiting this book as an adult was utterly lovely, and left me feeling bubbly-happy. The art was just as warm and charming as I remember, and I now know why I developed such an affection for The Sugarplum Fairy (Angelina’s dream sequence). I love this book just as much, if not more,
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Sophie Mia
I truly cannot imagine my childhood without the presence of Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig's absolutely gorgeous books! "Angelina Ballerina" was my obsession, and so much of it has to do with the perfectly beautiful illustrations which fill the pages of each and every hardcover book. The softness of the Chipping Cheddar cottages filled my little girl soul with love; heavily inspiring much of my own artworks and decorative endeavors. Angelina, herself was a character with whom I greatly conne ...more
Gabi
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, animals, family
Angelina Ballerina is always dancing. Even when her mom told her that her dancing was nothing but a nuisance, Angelina kept dancing until she became a famous ballerina. Many parents put their daughters into dance classes from a young age. Just like I enjoyed reading this book when I was a young girl taking ballet lessons, I think many little girls will especially like this book. The illustrations are very detailed with sketch lines and a bunch of bright pastel colors. Even for children who don't ...more
Martha Baylis
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Angelina Ballerina is always dancing and always moving! Her mother (Mrs. Mousling) is worried as Angelina is always causing messes and running late, as she is so lost in her dancing! Her parents decide to give Angelina ballet lessons, as well as a ballet dress and shoes. She loves her classes so much that she begins to once again tidy her room and stop being late, and all is well in the Mousling house!

The message the story brings is to follow the things that make you happy as well as normalizing
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Elle
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Angelina is a small mouse who has big dreams. Her dream was to be a professional ballerina one day, she even let it get in the way of her daily routine. When her parents would ask her to do her chores, when she was walking to school, or even when she was playing on the playground, she was always dancing. Finally, her parents figured out a way for her to get the best of both worlds.
The major themes of this book are believing in yourself and to never give up.
This book was always one of my favori
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Emma Kathleen W.
I grew up with Angelina Ballerina; books, toys, animated series, and all that. I also did ballet when I was younger, so Angelina Ballerina has always been a personal favorite. I can understand why this book wouldn’t appeal to the generation today, but at the end of the day; it can be for anyone with an open mind. The series itself, the book continuation, is far more enriching than with this book alone. The illustrations in this are quite captivating, and the story itself is straightforward. A mo ...more
Megan Hosinski
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Cyan Gaeta
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites! Love love love! It is so cute with the story and pictures, you just want to read it over and over again. This is an adorable story of how if you are super passionate and dedicated to something you love, you can do anything to set out to do. I feel like is important because when kids have dreams of being certain things when they grow up, I want to show kids that if you truly want to do something you can do with hard work throughout your schooling.
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Katharine Holabird is an American writer, best known as the author of the Angelina Ballerina series.

As a child, Holabird was an avid reader who loved fairy tales and stories about heroic animals, and she frequently saw ballets like Cinderella and Swan Lake with her grandmother. The young, imaginative Holabird loved animals, playing in her tree house, and dancing with her sisters. In 1969, she rece
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