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#1 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:08 PM

I've asked Miss 5 what she'd like for Christmas, and she's said 'Ballerinas'.  

I'm on the look out for a nice ballerina doll (not the Barbie variety, and she's not really into rag dolls), as well as looking for suggestions for some books.  She's got a few picture books by Adele Geras, does anyone know of any chapter books (FYOS next year, so not yet reading herself, something I could read to her) about ballet?

Early christmas thread is early, but if I need to order from overseas, I'd like to start sooner rather than later ;)

#2 meljbau

Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:16 PM

Sorry, no ideas about books but what about buying tickets to a ballet to add to her present? The Australian Ballet in Melbourne is doing The Nutcracker early next year, it would be perfect to take a child to for a matinee. I'm sure companies in other states would have similar offerings.

#3 TenYears

Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:18 PM

Not chapter books, but the Ella Bella Ballerina books by James Mayhew are longer picture books and are gorgeous.

I'll be getting my daughter the newest one (to be released in a few weeks) for Christmas.

#4 The 8th Plum

Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:22 PM

Noel Streatfeild wrote a few books featuring ballet, of which Ballet Shoes is probably the best known - http://www.bookdepos...CFUMzpAodFEgAWg

Chapter books, 3 sisters, set in wartime London.

I loved them when I was young and I had no interest in ballet whatsoever!

#5 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:28 PM

Darcey Bussell has a very popular Magic Ballerina series.  Also, Adele Geras has Louisa the Ballerina

And there's always the classic Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield, which is a bit more of a classic and not just about ballet.

#6 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:30 PM

As for toys, I saw this on Peters of Kensington.  Also, I'm sure Melissa and Doug do one of those wooden dress up toys that has a ballet theme.  eta Looks like it's magnetic not wooden.

Edited by CleverChook, 10 September 2013 - 04:33 PM.

#7 42n8

Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:48 PM

I have 2 girls who are very keen on anything 'ballerina' too.

The books I thought of have already been covered by PP's.

And I know what you mean regarding wanting a non-Barbie, non-rag doll/teddy (look pretty but cant play with) ballerina doll too. I was looking for something that was still a little special but still playable IYKWIM.

Anyway, I came across a small Aussie company called Ballerina and me (google will direct you to their website cos I don't think we're permitted to post links on EB).  I recently bought 2 of these dolls for my girls for Christmas and they are gorgeous!  Sort, durable, very pretty and still 'playable' with because the hands and feet can be attached to your child's so they can 'dance' together.

Not sure if that is more like what you're looking for or not but I figured they were worth recommending.

#8 lizzzard

Posted 10 September 2013 - 07:13 PM

Angelina Ballerina books are a hit in this house :)

#9 TenYears

Posted 10 September 2013 - 07:59 PM

42n8 those dolls look lovely.  I know a little girl who would love one!  I'll just have to ponder the storage implications between now and Christmas.

#10 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:12 AM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

I really like the sound of Ballet Shoes, and also the Magic Ballerina Books.

I think Ballerina and Me is absolutely gorgeous, but probably not to the taste of my oldest DD (though I think my little one would fancy her in a couple of years).

When googling Melissa and Doug, I found this one, which is exactly what I was looking for  http://www.amazon.co...&pf_rd_i=507846

Edited for wrong link.

Edited by SlinkyMalinki, 11 September 2013 - 11:13 AM.

#11 .Jerry.

Posted 11 September 2013 - 04:58 PM

That doll looks nice. :)

It is way more expensive, but the American Girl dolls (which are fabulous) have a ballerina outfit available:

#12 Julie3Girls

Posted 12 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

The magic ballerina books are popular with my girls.
One of the sets of the Our Australian girls books is about a young girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina, think it is the Alice books.

I know you don't want the barbie ones, but there is a nice ballet barbie movie ... The pink shoes. With all the associated barbies of course. And the early barbie movies had lovely ballet stuff ... Swan lake and the nutcracker.

Look for the bella dancerella, or bella ballerina toys ... Gives you a mat, ballet bar and a DVD which teaches you ballet steps.

#13 miajas

Posted 12 September 2013 - 11:19 AM

DD1 who is now 6 was given a doll from Pottery Barn Kids (it's a Gotz doll and very very similar to American Girl) and the ballerina outfit was purchased separately for around $30 and it is lovely. The Australian store definitely sells them. DD1 has had the doll since she was 3 and it still looks brand new and she plays with it all the time.

We also have a good collection of Angelina Ballerina books.

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