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Angelina on Stage (Angelina Ballerina)

Last updated Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Author: Katharine Holabird
Illustrator: Helen Craig
Date of Publication: 2006
ISBN: 9780670060580
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2013

Synopsis: From Publishers Weekly
In this latest addition to the Angelina series (Angelina Ballerina, etc.), Angelina is invited to perform as a magic fairy in a real grown-ups' ballet. She's delighted, but less so when her goofy younger cousin Henry is asked to perform in the ballet, too. While Angelina practices flying through the air on a wire, Henry stumbles around the stage, missing cues but nevertheless endearing himself to the cast. Though she's jealous of Henry, Angelina comes through for him on the night of the performance. The book gently reflects an older child's ambivalent feelings. But it is also a delightful story, whose delicately rendered, sweet illustrations invite the reader into the magical world of ballet.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Who is Angelina?
•  What are the mice doing on stage? Acting? Dancing?
•  Have you ever been in a play or performance on stage?

•  pliι - A ballet movement in which the knees are bent while the back is held straight.
•  arabesque - A ballet position in which the dancer bends forward while standing on one straight leg with the arm extended forward and the other arm and leg extended backward.
•  rehearsals - time for practice
•  scamper - to scurry about very quickly
•  orchestra - group of musicians who play various instruments together, usually including strings, woodwinds, brass instruments, and percussion instruments
•  corridor - hall
•  fastened - connect to hold securely
•  director - person who supervises actors in a play or movie production
•  waltz - a type of ballroom dance & a piece of music for this dance

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why was Angelina jealous when Henry was asked to be in the performance, too?
•  Would you like to perform on stage? What would you like to do on stage? Sing, dance or act?
•  Why did Henry get nervous on stage?
•  How did Angelina help Henry when he was nervous?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a crown & magic wand.
•  Make paper doll-like mice or dancers & add tutus with tulle or lace.
•  Draw a stage with mice or people dressed up in costumes for a performance.

Special activities:
•  Re-enact Angelina and Henry's parts in the play. Dance, pretend to fly, recite the lines, and then have a curtain call (line up, hold hands & take a bow).
•  Practice doing pliιs, pretend ballet movements or another type of dance.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!