Angelina Ballerina

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Angelina Ballerina
Author Katharine Holabird
Illustrator Helen Craig
Cover artist Helen Craig
Country England
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Aurum Press
No. of books 22

Angelina Ballerina is a series of children's books by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig about a fictional mouse (full name Angelina Jeanette Mouseling) who is training to become a ballerina. The first book in the series was published in 1983, and since then there have been over twenty books in the series. The series is set in Chipping Cheddar, a place similar to 1920s London. The name "Angelina" was inspired by an editor named Angela at Aurum Press.[1]

The books have been adapted into two animated television series: Angelina Ballerina (2002-2003, along with a series of specials that ran until 2006) and the CGI-animated Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009-2010). It has also been adapted as a touring ballet.

Books[edit]

Book title Year written
Angelina Ballerina 1983
Angelina and the Princess 1984
Angelina at the Fair 1985
Angelina's Christmas 1985
Angelina on Stage 1986
Angelina and Alice 1987
Angelina's Birthday 1989
Angelina's Baby Sister 1991
Angelina Ice Skates 1993
Angelina's Halloween 2000
Angelina and the Butterfly (story adapted from the TV series) 2001
Angelina's Ballet Class 2001
Angelina and Henry 2002
Angelina Loves (based on the text by Katharine Holabird) 2002
Angelina and the Rag Doll (story adapted from the TV series) 2002
Angelina Ballerina's Invitation to the Ballet 2003
Angelina, Star of the Show 2004
Angelina's Silver Locket (based on the stories by Katharine Holabird) 2004
Angelina at the Palace 2005
Angelina and the Royal Wedding 2010
Angelina's Big City Ballet 2014
Angelina's Cinderella 2015

Adaptations[edit]

In 2001, Angelina Ballerina, a British animated TV series of 40 fifteen-minute episodes based on the books, was produced by HIT Entertainment in the United Kingdom. The series featured actress Finty Williams as the voice of Angelina, and her mother Judi Dench as Miss Lilly. The series aired on PBS in the United States and CITV in the United Kingdom, where it was presented by Connecticut Public Television; and can currently be seen on Nick Jr. in the United Kingdom and Sprout in the United States.

A computer-animated revival, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, premiered on PBS stations in September 2009. It is directed by Davis Doi and animated at SD Entertainment.[2] WNET, after purchasing CPTV's production unit, is the producer of the program.

English National Ballet took a live version of Angelina Ballerina called Angelina's Star Performance on tour in autumn 2007.

A second revival was announced in 2015, to be co-produced by Mattel (who acquired HiT Entertainment in 2012) and 9 Story Media Group. A revival of Barney & Friends was announced at the same time.[3] However, no new information on both revivals have been provided since the initial announcement, and they ended up being cancelled.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How we made the children's favourite Angelina Ballerina". January 28, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bloom, Julie (3 September 2009). "Ballet Masters Put a Mouse on Her Toes". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Mattel/Hit, 9 Story to reboot Barney, Angelina

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