Miss Lina's Ballerinas and the Wicked Wish
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
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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!
Grace Maccarone is a children’s book editor and the author of many books for young readers, including the First-Grade Friends series, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, and the Miss Lina’s Ballerinas books. She lives in Westchester, New York.
Chrsitine Davenier is the New York Times–Best Illustrated Award-winning artist of many books for children, including A Very Fairy Princess and the Miss Lina’s Ballerinas books. She lives in Paris, France.
"Applause for another lovely production from the author-and-illustrator duo.”--Kirkus
"Davenier’s fluid brushstrokes are still a lovely match for Maccarone’s alliterative verse. It’s an empathic and gently humorous story about a challenging emotion, delivered with a hint of Bemelmans’s Madeline stories—and of magic."--Publishers Weekly