Friday, October 26, 2012

VAMPIRINA BALLERINA by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     40          Ages     3 - 7
 AR Quiz No. 153451 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Vampirina is a little girl vampire who wants to be a ballerina.  She has obstacles to overcome - first, being a vampire, she needs a class that meets at night!  Also, she is nervous about meeting new people, and there is the challenge of her classmates being afraid of her because she is different.  Ballet is hard work but in the end, through practice and perseverance, Vampirina performs beautifully at her recital and is proud that she accomplished her goal.

I like so many things about this book that it's difficult to know where to begin!  First, I guess, is that although she is a vampire, Vampirina is just adorable with her big eyes and glittery hair bow and cape. She knows what she wants and doesn't let anything stand in her way. Even when difficult Vampirina perseveres, knowing that "it doesn't matter if you take one giant leap or many tiny steps, as long as you are moving toward your goal."  There is other good advice, including "Once class begins, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth closed," and "A mistake here or there is not a reflection on your talent."  I also liked that the story stressed respect for both the other students and the teacher, and it shows Vampirina's support group in Mommy and Daddy vampire, the Frankenstein chauffeur, and even the family pets!

Full of good, practical advice accompanied by charmingly fun illustrations, Vampirina Ballerina is a great addition to any book shelf.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Vampirina Ballerina can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here  http://tinyurl.com/98z88v3  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


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