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Angelina's Baby Sister [Paperback]

Katharine Holabird , Helen Craig
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30 Aug 2001
Angelina Mouseling is very excited by the arrival of her new baby sister, Polly, but she soon begins to feel left out and wishes Polly would disappear! When her family discovers how lonely and left out she feels, they all help her to see how much fun being a big sister can be. Soon Angelina realizes that little sisters aren't so bad and can be fun after all!

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (30 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140568689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140568684
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 0.3 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

About the Author

Katharine Holabird grew up in Chicago, USA, where she remembers dancing around the house with her three sisters, just like Angelina. She went to Bennington College in Vermont and then spent three years as a journalist in Italy, before moving to England. She wrote her first Angelina book, Angelina Ballerina, in 1982. Katharine has three grown-up children and lives in London with her husband.

Helen Craig was born in London, but grew up in the country. She became an apprentice photographer aged sixteen and went on to set up her own studio, as well as working as a freelance potter and sculptor. Helen has illustrated over sixty children's books and her magical illustrations for the Angelina Ballerina series are famous around the world. Helen has a grown-up son, and lives in Cambridge.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute! 26 Feb 2004
Format:Hardcover
In this next book in the Angelina Ballerina series, Angelina can hardly await the arrival of her mom's new baby. However, when the baby arrives, she finds that the baby is now the center of everyone's attention. Wracked with jealousy, Angelina has a lesson to learn...
This is a very cute book. I like the lesson that it taught, and my daughter and I both loved the story and the wonderful illustrations. This is a good book, one that we highly recommend to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Easterchick VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We bought this for our daughter who is expecting a baby sister this summer. The premise of the book is that Angelina is, temporarily, not the 'star of the show' and it talks about how she finds it difficult to cope with the sudden lack of attention! Now, you may well as I did be a bit suprised at the lack of sensitivity and parenting skills displayed by Angelina's parents and grandparents when the new baby arrives, but she who casts the first stone etc etc....

Anyhow, what we liked best about this book, apart from the excellent illustration, was that the message is it's OK to feel a bit left out and maybe even a bit angry when a new baby arrives, but that it will pass and a time will come when you will even be friends with your baby sister (or brother, but this is an all round 'girly' book). I think it's normal for kids to kick off a bit when a sibling arrives, but so often this aspect is totally missed out of baby brother/ sister books!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Angelina - a bad influence 17 May 2008
Format:Hardcover
This was interesting. We love Angelina books but this one really teaches that bad behaviour is ok. We have stopped reading this as I think it is confusing .... when Angelina slams her bedroom door and throws things and breaks things, she gets a cuddle from her mummy. My daughter is 3 - maybe she is too young!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my daughter's favourites! 19 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A lovely book and one of my daughter's bedtime favourites. I bought this book for my daughter knowing that she has little sister on the way. She particularly enjoys books of her favourite TV characters and has recently started ballet classes. Highly recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it negative stars? 14 May 2012
By Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The moral of this book is awful! Throw enormous tantrums to get your way and if you ruin anything in the process it will be fixed. Hate your baby! I read it to my girls (wish I had read it to myself first and disposed of it) and my five year old thought very hard about it. "Why would I make my room a big mess if you were busy with the baby? It doesn't make sense," she concluded. Good!
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor behavior I don't want my little one to emulate 27 April 2008
By Denver Stacy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My daughter just turned 3, and we have a new baby in the house. Angelina is new to my daughter, but I knew that my niece liked her when she was younger. We picked a couple of Angelina books out at the library. I had a problem with Angelina's behavior in both books, and my daughter emulated the bad behavior from this book!

When Angelina isn't getting the attention she wants, she throws a tantrum. She tosses books and toys around the room. As a result, she then gets the attention she desires from her parents and grandparents. After reading this, my daughter threw books at the door of her room one day, then told me "I just got so angry," which is what Angela says in the book. And I had actually toned down Angelina's tantrum when I got to that part.

I also didn't like the fact that Angelina says she "hates" her baby sister (I skipped that line when reading it). I suppose this is a lesson to me, to read books before reading them to my daughter.

While the other book we checked out, "Angela's Birthday," was okay, there was still a point where Angela crashes her bike and says "Why did you make me race?" to her friend Alice. I didn't see how placing the blame on someone else held any value in the story. Again, I edited this when reading to "Why did we have to race?"

If you're looking for a book for a new or soon-to-be older sibling, my daughter enjoyed "ZaZa's Baby Brother" and "The Berenstain Bears' New Baby."
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dear, sweet look at the difficulty of having a new sibling 1 Aug 2002
By Catherine S. Vodrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Katharine Holabird's "Angelina's Baby Sister" follows in the tradition of all the other Angelina Mouseling books. Angelina Mouseling is a small white mouse--perhaps somewhere between six and ten years old in people years--who has the complete attention of her parents and grandparents no matter what. Then one day, her mother has a baby! The new baby sister, Polly, is adorable and Angelina tries very, very hard to be interested and attentive and loving. But it's tough. No one is much paying attention to Angelina now that Polly's here, and that's especially upsetting to Angelina because she's recently been given an award at dance class.
Angelina finally gives in to her anger and throws off steam in the privacy of her bedroom. The problem is that in doing so, she accidentally breaks the award statuette she's recently earned. The adults--parents and grandparents alike--are surprised by Angelina's mood and soon figure out the connection to the new baby, Polly.
All ends well, however, and Angelina is able to look at Polly as a possible new audience member for Angelina's impromptu dance recitals at home. This is a dear, sweet book that examines honestly the difficulties involved in dealing with a new sibling. The illustrations by Helen Craig are, as always, just precious--softly colored, beautifully detailed, and always in step with the text.
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't recommend this book 16 Aug 2007
By E. Jahn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My niece, who LOVES Angelina, was expecting a baby sister, so I was excited to find this book. I ordered it based on the other reviews. It started well, but when I reached the page where "At that moment she [Angelina] hated Polly [the new baby] and wished Polly would just disappear!" I was taken aback. Hated? My 3-year old niece does not yet know that concept, and I sure didn't want to be the one to introduce it! On the next page Angelina has a tantrum and completely trashes her room. I decided I didn't want to give my niece ideas like this - and didn't give her book. Very disappointing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute! 20 Dec 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In this next book in the Angelina Ballerina series, Angelina can hardly await the arrival of her mom’s new baby. However, when the baby arrives, she finds that the baby is now the center of everyone’s attention. Wracked with jealousy, Angelina has a lesson to learn...

This is a very cute book. I like the lesson that it taught, and my daughter and I both loved the story and the wonderful illustrations. This is a good book, one that we highly recommend to you.
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