Miss Lina's Ballerinas and the Wicked Wish by Grace Maccarone & Christine Davenier

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Then one sunny day, a guest came to view

Miss Lina’s ten dancers plié and tendu.

Miss Lina announced, “This is Mister Brisé.

He’ll watch you take class,” she explained, “and he may

invite you to dance with the City Ballet.”


Miss Lina’s ten ballerinas—Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, Regina, Nina, and Tony Farina—are thrilled by the chance to be in the City Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty. But when nervous Regina is given the undesirable part of the rat while all the other girls gets to dance the waltz, she starts turning green with envy. If only someone would get sick, she wishes, then she would get to dance the waltz, as well!

 

About Grace Maccarone & Christine Davenier

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Grace Maccarone is a children’s book editor and the author of many books for young readers, including Miss Lina’s  Ballerinas, also illustrated by Christine Davenier, and the First Grade Friends series, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. She lives in Westchester, New York.   Christine Davenier has illustrated numerous children’s books, and won a New York Times Best Illustrated Award for The First Thing My Mama Told Me. She lives in Paris, France.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Feiwel & Friends. 45 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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In an infectiously rhyming text not a little reminiscent of Madeline, eight little girls ranging in name from Christina and Edwina to Marina and Nina all study ballet in Messina.

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The nine lovely little girls are back and what a joy—for there’s a new student joining their ranks, and he’s a boy!

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Regina falls off balance when the company director holds auditions, resulting in a domino effect for the other eight girls and the one boy, Tony Farina.

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In both its pictures and rhyming text, this book is in many ways a ballet-themed version of the Madeline books: "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."

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In the third story to feature Miss Lina and her ballet students, a dapper visitor to the class offers a big opportunity for the children to star in a production of Sleeping Beauty—eight as ballerinas, and two as rats.

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