Angelina and the Rag Doll

Angelina and the Rag Doll

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Miss Lilly asks Angelina to help with her beginners ballet class and on the way home with Alice she buys sweets at Mrs Thimble's General Store. Mrs Thimble reminds them about her second-hand box and next day Angelina gives her old doll, Polka. She then decides she wants Polka back but finds that she's already gone to one of Miss Lilly's beginners. Angelina is happy that Polka has gone to a good more

Product details

  • 6-8
  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 204 x 224 x 4mm | 117.94g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 0140568905
  • 9780140568905
  • 2,034,954

Author information

Katharine Holabird is a freelance writer. She was born in the USA but has lived in London for many years. Helen Craig is one of the UK's most successful children's illustrators. She has been widely published and her books have been translated into many languages. Helen lives in Aylesbury, more

Review Text

Angelina the ballerina mouse has been asked to help her dance teacher with the beginners' class. Flushed with grown-up pride and self-importance, she gives her favourite doll, Polka, to the charity box at the local shop. Later she remembers she has promised always to keep the doll, a gift from Grandpa. She hurries with her friend Alice to retrieve her - but the doll has gone! Next day at the baby ballet class Mary, a shy new pupil, is clutching a rag doll - Polka! As she goes to reclaim her Angelina realizes that Mary really loves the doll. She shows Mary how Polka can help her to enjoy the dance class. At home she explains to Grandpa what has happened and he praises her grown-up attitude. This is a moral tale as well as an attractive one, outlining for four- to six-year-olds the responsibilities of giving and the importance of other people's feelings as well as our own. Angelina's story is adapted from the television series (from the original books by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig). The book will appeal to young children who like to imagine themselves into new identities. Angelina is both a mouse and a brilliant ballerina, and in this attractive fantasy the new dance class all appear in tutus. Illustrations are delightful and detailed - especially attractive is Mrs Thimble's shop, a real old-fashioned 'general' shop selling everything from rolling pins to ribbons. Ages 4-6 (Kirkus UK)show more