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Miss Lina's Ballerinas
by Grace MacCarone and Christine 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780312382438
  • ISBN-10: 031238243X
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publish Date: October 2010
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Performing Arts - Dance

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-10-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

In both its pictures and rhyming text, this book is in many ways a ballet-themed version of the Madeline books: "In a cozy white house, in the town of Messina,/ eight little girls studied dance with Miss Lina./ Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina,/ Katrina, Bettina, Marina, and Nina." Davenier (The Very Fairy Princess) is in fine form, with predominantly pink watercolors, accented with crayon, that blend soigné fluidity and slapstick comedy; while some grownups might quibble that her setting looks more Parisian than Sicilian, the spaces have a lyrical expansiveness reminiscent of an MGM musical. Maccarone's (the First Grade Friends series) story, which turns on the arrival of a ninth dancer (helpfully named Regina) who brings chaos to the corps' finely tuned "four lines of two," has a fairly flat narrative arc and near-instant resolution (Miss Lina quickly re-divides the girls into three lines of three). The girls' enthusiasm is undeniably infectious as they dance "t the park, at the zoo, at the beach, and while shopping"; but while the book is a charmer, it's a bit of a letdown in the end. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)

 
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