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|Cover artist||Helen Craig|
|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.
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.
|Book title||Year written|
|Angelina and the Princess||1984|
|Angelina at the Fair||1985|
|Angelina on Stage||1986|
|Angelina and Alice||1987|
|Angelina's Baby Sister||1991|
|Angelina Ice Skates||1993|
|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|
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. 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. However, no new information on both revivals have been provided since the initial announcement, and they ended up being cancelled.
- "How we made the children's favourite Angelina Ballerina". January 28, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
- Bloom, Julie (3 September 2009). "Ballet Masters Put a Mouse on Her Toes". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
- Mattel/Hit, 9 Story to reboot Barney, Angelina