Wednesday, March 14, 2012

READ-4-LUCK: Miss Lina's Ballerinas

READ-4-LUCK is the weekly feature that acts as a book recommendation, book review, teaching tip, and writing lesson for children, parents, teachers, and writers. I post each week with Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Fridays.

 = Not bad. Might read twice.

 = Fun read first few times. Would get from library again.
 = Very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind owning a copy.
 = Awesome! Never tiresome for children, parents, teachers, or writers. May just have to buy this book.

This week's pick is Miss Lina's Ballerina's written by Grace Maccarone, illustrated by Christine Davenier.
Ballet instructor, Miss Lina, has a solution when her eight students (who always dance in pairs) are distraught when a ninth girl joins the class.

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends  
Year: 2010
Word Count: 341
Book Level: 2.9
Age: 2-5
Topic: Ballet
Theme: Friendship
First Lines:
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.
So cute with such fun rhyme and word play. Girls love books about babies. (Or at least my girl does.)

A cute book! This is the kind of book I typically don't read anymore, but the rhyme and rhythm drew me in. I wish I had this book when my daughter was one, two, or even three. Alas, now she is five. I would have read this one over and over. I'm sure she would have loved it even more when she was younger.

A definite must for PRESCHOOL teachers. Activities could range from finger painting to finger play songs, from body part recognition to body movement activities, or from playing dress-up to acting out in a play. Even MATH, too! Practice counting to 8 and doing things 2x2 and 4x4. Then count to 9 and do things 3x3.

Another "shortie". Less than 300 words. I love the RHYME! Lots of internal rhyme. The meter is so fun to read aloud. All the ending lines rhyme with "girl".

Be sure to visit other "perfect picture books" at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

Keep on keepin' on...


  1. I think I would read this for the rhyme alone! It does sound great for preschoolers!

  2. My girls and I loved the lyrical prose of this book,reminded me of Madeline. I also liked the soft hued illustrations. Thanks for adding it to PPBF.

  3. It kind of reminded me of Madeline, too!

  4. With two boys, I might have to get this one just for me. We all need a little pink every now and then.

  5. Christie, my daughter would have gone ape over this book as child. She loved ballet and anything pink. I found the opening rhyme charming!

    Ha! HA! Love your comment Kirsten. My daughter-in-law had three sons. And she kept a stash of books, Barbies in a closet for herself, eventually she gave them to little girls.

  6. The first lines are lovely. Does the ninth girl have a name that rhymes or does she throw off their rhythm there, too?

  7. This book is so cute! I have three girls and they love it. Another great addition to the PPB list!

  8. Lovely cute book. I too am wondering what the ninth girls name is? Lovely choice. Thankyou for sharing.

  9. The ninth girl's name does rhyme. I think it's Regina, but I can't be for sure because I already turned the book in. Amy, maybe you could verify for us?

  10. Hi Christie, it's my first time to visit your site through Susanna's PPBF meme, which we have just decided to join this week. Reading through this post kind of reminded me of the blog Picture Books and Pirouettes by Kerry Aradhya - she reviews all books related to dancing! You might want to check her out as well. :)

  11. Thanks, Christie! Wonderful review of a lovely book that I'm sure every young girl (and quite a few boys) would enjoy. :)
    And yes, not only does it remind me of Madeline...when I read the first few lines, I thought it was another in the Madeline series...I guess that proves that storybook ideas can be reused, reinvented and retold. :)

  12. I've read this book and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for adding it to the list!


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