Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I love this cute picture book for aspiring ballerinas, and it's a great read aloud! Reminiscent of MADELINE: 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. (MISS LINA'S BALLERINA'S by Grace Maccarone, ages 4-8)

Check out the fun trailer:

Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two, by Patricia Lee Gauch.
Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two
When Tanya, the smallest and wiggliest girl in her ballet class, makes friends with a talented newcomer, they both learn something.

Angelina Ballerina, (series) by Katherine Holabird.
Angelina Ballerina 25th Anniversary Edition
Angelina loves to dance and wants to become a ballerina more than anything else in the world.

Lili on Stage by Rachel Isadora.
Lili on Stage
Lili is thrilled to be dancing the part of a guest in the party scene of the Nutcracker ballet.

Swan Lake by Lizbeth Zwerger.
Swan Lake
A prince's love for a swan queen overcomes an evil sorcerer's spell in this fairy tale adaptation of the classic ballet.

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