Lovely Picture Book Tribute to the “Madeline” Books: Miss Lina’s Ballerinas

Two Gems for Dancing,

Book-Loving Families


Madeline-1939Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and

Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince

Pay Homage to Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline Books


Even casual acquaintances of the beloved Madeline series may remember well the famous opening rhyme:

In an old house in Paris that was

covered in vines

Lived twelve little girls in two

straight lines.


Author Grace Maccarone has lovingly transformed the Madeline lines into a delightful dance version, complete with formation changes. MissLina1th._V195216861_This first book, Miss Lina’s Ballerinas, follows a group of 8 girls who learn to deal with change, and accepting new formations, when a new girl arrives to the dance school.

The pictures are darling. I hope you enjoy Miss Lina as much as I did! If you get hooked, there is also a third book that I have not read yet: Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Wicked Wish.

Happy Reading!!   ~Ms. Linda

See a list of all of Ms. Linda’s children’s dance book recommendations here.

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