Written by Grace Maccarone. Illustrated by Christine Davenier. First edition, 2011. Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. New York.
"In a cozy white house, in the town of Messina,
nine little girls studied dance with Miss Lina.
Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina,
Katrina, Bettina, Marina, Regina,
and Nina took classes.
"And when they were done,
they went to the zoo,
where they danced just for fun.
"Then one sunny day, as class came to a close,
Miss Lina, while taking a classical prose,
announced to the girls in her elegant way,
a dancer would join them the following day.
"He's a boy," said Miss Lina. "I want you to know
He will join us for class and our end-of-year show."
They were delighted, and "pas de deux visions danced in their heads", until Tony Farina showed up for class and showed off. Meh. Then he danced off! Miss Lina sent the nine ballerinas after him, and they found him at the zoo and brought him back to class. They decided he wasn't so bad after all, for a more energetic than princely boy.
Grace Maccarone is a prolific author of children's books, especially in the genres of early readers and picture books. Works include the popular Miss Lina's Ballerinas series, the Scholastic Reader series, and many biographies of famous people. She is also an editor at Holiday House, where she works with other authors and illustrators to create engaging and diverse books for young readers.
Christine Davenier is a French illustrator of more than 60 children's books. She was born in Tours, France, and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She is known for her expressive watercolor illustrations that capture the emotions and movements of her characters. Some of her most popular books include The First Thing My Mama Told Me, The Other Dog, and the Very Fairy Princess series. She has received the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award.
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Condition: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Moderate edge wear; lightly bumped at corners and head of the spine. Illustrated cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.
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