- The Washington Times - Friday, April 20, 2007

By Tess Sophia Casper, age 5, Mayo Nursery School, Edgewater, Md.

I really like reading Katharine Holabird’s “Angelina Ballerina.” Angelina is a mouse, not like every other mouse. She is a lively mouse that loves to dance and do ballet. Sometimes, Angelina does not always listen to her mom. Angelina does not want to clean her room or even stop to eat breakfast. All she likes to do is ballet.

Angelina’s parents decide to give her a purple present, which has a ballet dress and slippers. Now, Angelina has to listen to her parents and do her chores so she can take ballet lessons. Angelina becomes a great ballet dancer. She performs in front of lots of people and does great.

“Angelina Ballerina” books are great because they teach us that we should work hard to do the things we enjoy, but we can’t forget to do our other chores.

I have read other Angelina books, and all of them show us how important it is to share, help others and work together. Angelina books also have neat pictures of the mice practicing and dancing ballet. The books also show us how to do certain ballet moves, which I really like.

Angelina also has her own Web site and television show.

I like these books because I am a ballerina, too.

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