By Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig (Puffin)
Age 3-6, 7-9
Angelina Ballerina is a firm favorite in our house – the endearing tales of a little mouse called Angelina who loves to dance and play with her friends has captured little girl’s imaginations round the world since she was launched in 1983. The success of the range is due to the clear, warm tone and the big hearted character of Angelina herself. She’s a role model mouse and the lessons she learns in every tale feel genuine and realistic. Helen Craig’s illustrations beautifully capture this with a charming old fashioned style. Note that the book contains two previously released stories: Angelina ‘s Christmas and Angelina Ice Skates -so don’t buy it if you own those two already.
In Angelina’s Christmas you’ll find a heartwarming tale about helping others that sums up the holiday spirit perfectly, teaching children to think about others less fortunate themselves. In Angelina Ice Skates, Angelina shows her spunk as she manages to make a plan when two noisy hockey-playing boys threaten to ruin the New Year’s Eve ice dance. Clever Angelina realises if you can’t beat them, get them to join you! I love the problem solving skills of this little mouse and the story line is feel-good and yet true to life.