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I wanted to write a review on this Angelina Ballerina book due to the fact it is such an interesting and interactive book. I bought this book for my daughter as a treat,(she is doing exceptionally well at school and very cleverly persuaded me to get reward her accordingly!!!).
If you are at all aquainted with my reviews you will know that i have wrote reviews on Angelina before,(albiet the dvd versions!!), so feel it is unnecessary to cover old ground,ie background information on the author and illustrater Katherine Holabird and Helen Craig.
The book is a lovely combination of storybook and interactive storytelling. The story (as always), is beautifully written, almost in the style of a child, if Angelina is upset or happy you can feel the emotion coming off the page at you. Watching the expression on my six year old daughters face makes or breaks a story for me, and as i read this story to her you can see her become absorbed into the book. The illustrations are colourful, very pink!!!!. The pictures are also very detailed and are a joy to look at, everytime i look i see something that i had missed the time previously.
The story,(in a nutshell), starts with Angelina winning tickets to the "Cindermouse", ballet, she spends the story trying to decide who she will take with her.Will she go or will she be part of the entertainment!!!! On every page the story is elaborated and added to with a letter or invitation for the child reader to take out and read. There are six letters included in the book in total, two tickets (to the ball), a good luck letter, a poster advertising the Cindermouse ballet and a free gift for the child, a gold star necklace,( also written into the story as it is a good luck present for Angelina from her mum and dad).
~~~PRICE AND AVAILABILTY~~~
I purchased this book from the book club run through the hospitial that i work at, "The book people" have some amazing deals on every sort of book you can think of. This book can also be purchase from www.penguin.com.
Other Angelina books include - Angelina Ballerina Angelina and Alice Angelina ice skates Angelina on stage
This book retails for £12.99 but through the "book people", i only paid £6.00, BARGAIN!!!!
I would recommend this book to any parent of young girls!!! This character epitomises all that most young girls aspire to be. This character,(apart from being a soon to be prima ballerina), is portrayed as a strong, fiesty and determined young girl who overcomes many problems to achieve her dream, of being a ballerina. Even if this character is a mouse, with those sort of traits i am more than happy for my daughter to aspire to be her!!!!