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Angelina's Birthday - Katharine Holabird
My little one has recently started ballet dancing and has therefore got into Angelina Ballerina on television. Her nanny bought her a few Angelina books to get her in the ballet mood, though she is too young to read them for herself. They are paper backed books and the text is suitable for children right up until perhaps the age of ten or even older.
The story is 22 pages long with some fantastic illustrations throughout. Perhaps for me personally, the illustrations are the best part of the book, though my little one would argue that with me as she loves the story. She loves anything to do with birthday's and party's and this book covers both these and her new love - ballet - though it does not focus on dancing like the programme on television does, though as my little one knows Angelina and what she does, her imagination does the rest.
The story follows Angelina on her birthday as she prepares excitedly for her party, though she feels her day is ruined when her bike breaks whilst she is racing her best friend Alice. Although it is very upsetting for her, Angelina works hard to earn some money to buy herself a new bike, though by the end of the week she realises that she can not afford the bike she wants, though with her birthday party coming up, there will be more surprises in store for the little ballerina.
The story is well written and very full. It holds the attention of my little one really well and this is helped by the fantastic art work. I have read my youngster this book over ten times already and neither of us have got bored of it.
The RRP of this book is £4.99 which is an average price for such a book and is well worth it.
Other titles in the series include;
Angelina and Alice
Angelina at the fair
Angelina's Ice Skates
Angelina's baby sister
My daughter and I love the Angelina ballerina books and she over nothing more than dancing and twirling around the living room pretending to be a ballerina just like Angelina.
Angelina Ballerina, full name, Angelina Jeanette Mouseling is a little mouse who loves to dance and dreams of becoming a famous ballerina. She lives in a village of Chipping Cheddar in London, England. She is a very endearing little mouse and has a very sweet personality. Angelina likes to wear ballerina clothes too and you often see her in a pink tutu and leotard with her ballet slippers on!
We watch the television show of Angelina and we also own a lot of the books because in my opinion they are always such sweet stories that usually have a really good message too brought to you in a wonderful way and brought to life on the pages with such beautiful illustrations. This book is no different. The book is entitled Angelina Ballerinas birthday and in it she is celebrating a birthday. According to the inside front cover, "It's Angelina's birthday and there's going to be a party! She and her best friend Alice are excited as they ride their bicycles to Mrs Thimble's General Store to buy decorations. But as they race home, suddenly....bang! Angelina hits a rock and her bike is broken, casting a cloud over the party preparations. There is, however, a solution to the problem, and Angelina's birthday turns out to be the happiest - and most surprising one ever."
This is such a lovely story and features a lot of built up to Angelina's big day. It shows her riding her beloved bike and buying all the decorations and doing the preparations for her birthday party. However when she hits the rock and breaks her bike she sets her mind to saving lots of money so she can buy the shiny new bike she sees in the bike shop window. Angelina then goes about doing lots of jobs for all her neighbours in the village such as mowing the grass and picking apples for her grandparents. I like the determination she shows here and the work ethic and I think its a really good message to teach kids that if you do your chores and help others you can earn money and good things will come your way.
In the end Angelina finds out that no good deed goes unnoticed and she receives a very big surprise from her friends and family at her birthday party.
The illustrations done by Helen Craig in this book are absolutely beautiful and are quite intricate pencil drawings with lots of colour and detail and they really bring Angelina and her world to life.
I definitely recommend this book for all little girls and its nice to give as a birthday gift as well.