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Angelina And the Princess (Angelina Ballerina) Hardcover – 2 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 13 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (2 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141383569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141383569
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.6 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angelina has simply charmed her way into becoming a modern children's classic . . . (Kly Publishers Wee )

Angelina is a magical character who fulfils every little girl's dreams (Darcey Bussell, OBE )

About the Author

Katharine Holabird went to Bennington College in Vermont, USA, and spent three years as a journalist in Italy. She has been writing the Angelina books since 1983 and now lives in London with her family.

Helen Craig is one of the UK's most successful children's book illustrators. She became an apprentice photographer aged sixteen and went on to set up her own studio. Helen has illustrated over sixty children's books. She has a grown-up son and lives in Cambridge.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 19 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
In this sequel to Angelina Ballerina, Angelina learns that her ballet school is to put on a performance for the Princess of Mouseland. Angelina is crushed, though, when she gets sick in time for the tryouts. Forced to settle for a supporting role, she takes her mother's advice and determines to do her best at the part she is given. This is the story of Angelina's triumph!
Once again the unbeatable duo of Katharine Holabird (author) and Helen Craig (illustrator) combine to create a supremely lovable book. My ten-year-old daughter tore through this book, thoroughly enjoying the story. Yes, it wasn't a challenge to her reading ability, but she loved the story, and I appreciate any book that keeps her reading! Both my daughter and I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
This Angelina story is my absolute favourite. I felt so sorry for Angelina, not having a principle part when she was she best dancer there! I used to read it over and over, but the pictures were what crowned the whole book for me.
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Arrived promptly and in good condition as indicated. Packaging excellent. The actual book is smaller than I expected but that is probably my fault for not checking on measurement. Not a problem. For little ones I prefer board books because they don't break when little hands turn the page.
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My granddaughter loves this book.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Angelina and the Princess 14 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My four and one half year old girl/boy twins and I read this story tonight. It is a wonderful sequel to Angelina the Ballerina. Even my son was enchanted by Angelina's persistance. When Angelina is too sick to compete for the lead in a ballet before the Princess, she doesn't give up. She continues to work hard and her perseverance leads to a happy ending. This author has a good message for one and all in this book and in her other Angelina story, Angelina Ballerina. We will read and root for Angelina over and over again.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of the Favorite Books for Little Girls 17 Oct. 2001
By Aunt Y - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my nieces (three and four) who started their ballet lessons. I first hesitated because Angelina was a mouse who does not look like Mickey Mouse, instead looks rather like a real mouse, but all the pictures are so wonderfully detailed and cute. Not only my nieces love the story, but they are also interested in other things in the pictures (e.g. posters and toys in Angelina's bedroom etc). They have been reading it over and over, and each time they report me the things they noticed in the pictures. I am not sure if it is recommandable for little boys for the girly storyline, yet I am sure it is a great book for girls, especially who loves ballet.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
My daughter and I both love this book! 9 July 2002
By Catherine S. Vodrey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Angelina and the Princess" is the first of the Angelina series my daughter and I have, but we plan to get the rest as we love this so much. Angelina is a tiny white mouse who yearns to be feminine and sweet, but is sometimes headstrong and silly--just like most girls I know (including my five-year old daughter!). Angelina has a dance recital coming up and she is pining away for a major role. However, as she's sick on the day of auditions, she doesn't do well and in fact, barely is able to crawl back home and into her worried mother's arms. She knows she did poorly, and her mother admits as much too, which brings me to one of the things I love about this book--there's no sugar-coating the fact that Angelina has gotten herself into a pickle. It's a storybook, and a fantasy at that, but it's realistic enough to keep the edge off the sweetness.
Angelina is counseled by her mother to do her very best. I don't want to give away the ending, but by keeping a cheerful attitude and trying to do her best for the whole dance company, Angelina is amply rewarded. It's a story with a moral, but the moral isn't presented in a sickeningly sweet way.
The illustrations by Helen Craig are truly a treat. Set vaguely in a Victorian England mousedom, they depict tiny cottages with climbing vines, drapey dresses with floral prints, tiaras, bouquets, adorable furniture, and so on. Three cheers to both Helen Craig and author Katharine Holabird for a book which is a joy to read and great fun to peruse just for the illustrations alone!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Cute book, horrible lessons 23 Jan. 2014
By Myferona - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book contains some pretty poor lessons for kids. First, Angelina stays up all night before an audition, and is ill the next day, so her mother tells her she must stay home. Instead of facing the consequences of her decision the night before, Angelina sneaks out of the house and goes to the audition anyway. She is not punished for doing this, but is given a hug and tucked into her bed.

Angelina dances poorly in the audition because she doesn't feel well, and is given a lesser role in the show, which of course causes her to pitch a fit about how "unfair" that is. In the end, she decides to do her best at her own part and learn the leading role just for fun. This is the one good lesson in the book--every part is important, things don't always go our way, and you need to accept the consequences of your actions.

This lesson gets entirely derailed when the lead hurts herself right before the show and the role is given to (SPOILER ALERT!) Angelina! How lucky for her.

In the end of the book, after making decisions that are detrimental to her health, incredibly unsafe and horrifying, Angelina gets exactly what she wants. Zero consequences. The lesson for kids here is that you can do whatever you want and behave like a perfect brat and everything will still go your way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a mom's review.... 7 Dec. 2005
By retroredux - Published on
Format: Hardcover
beautifully illustated, heartwarming childrens stories. Even though the Angelina stories are geared towards girls, my little boy, at 8, enjoyed these as well, especially when mom read to him. These are good stories to read to your child at bedtime.

The artwork is detailed and delightful to look at-you'll see new things each time you look, and children love that that every scene is filled with many little mice.

This Angelina story deals with doing your best-even if you're not picked to lead. Each book is filled with wonderful life lessons told in a gentle, non preachy way.

I highly recommend this series for any child.

5 stars!
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