Follow your dreams

Aspiring young writer meets her favorite author

Kids’ corner When I recently met Katharine Holabird, author of the popular Angelina Ballerina series of children’s books, she said that she was hoping to make a live ballet out of the series. As a fan of these books that tell about a friendly little mouse who one day dreams of becoming a ballerina, I was excited. I knew that thousands of other girls like me would be excited about it, too. So I decided to write about it.

Each story by Holabird tells of another adventure that Angelina takes. I have enjoyed the Angelina Ballerina series since I was little, and I still do. I also try to catch the television show based on the books on PBS when I can.

When I saw the author, I could tell immediately that Holabird had a friendly personality because she walked in with a big smile on her face. Holabird read from her first book, simply called Angelina Ballerina, which is the first in the 20-book series. She also read Angelina at the Palace, which is a new book.

When it was time to get up and dance, I decided to sit out. I almost regret it now, knowing how much fun it was. It was so cute watching 80 little girls getting up and dancing their hearts out in their little pink tutus, just like Angelina’s. They all danced to the tune of "If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands." I was impressed when Holabird made up her own Angelina-related words to the song.

I was thrilled to be able to ask Holabird a few questions while she was signing autographs after her performance. I was very excited to find out that Holabird was planning to write more books based on Angelina Ballerina. The only thing that will be different about these books, she said, will be that they will be narrated in Angelina’s own words. I am really looking forward to reading these when they come out.

Something else that I found interesting was that it takes illustrator Helen Craig one month to draw one picture. If you’ve ever seen the pictures, you really could see how much detail is in them. I’ve never seen anything like them.

As an aspiring young author, I got a lot out of Holabird’s performance and I hope that one day it will be me up on the stage, telling young girls to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.

Allie Sakowicz

Kids Eat Chicago

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