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DEAR BALLERINA  Written and Illustrated by Monica Wellington  Holiday House hardcover edition ISBN: 978-0823439324

A dream comes true for a little girl who loves tutus, pointe shoes, and dancing on tiptoe!
This little dancer loves to swirl and twirl and leap. She practices new steps every day. All her efforts are rewarded when one special day, she gets to dance in a performance with her favorite ballerina. 

"Dear Ballerina," the girl writes, "I dream of being a dancer just like you."

Behind-the-scenes in a practice room, a costume room, and the wings of the stage, secrets are revealed! At last, the curtain goes up, and the girl and her idol perform in the same ballet. Their tutus swirl together! A touching story about dance, passion, effort, and intergenerational mentorship.

Monica Wellington is the mother of a little girl who has grown up to be a professional ballerina with New York City Ballet. This book was inspired by letters Lydia Wellington wrote to dancers she admired, as well as letters she now receives from young fans.

 My little dancer was thrilled to meet Marie, The Little Dancer, by Edgar Degas, at the Glyptoteket Museum in Copenhagen.

My little dancer was thrilled to meet Marie, The Little Dancer, by Edgar Degas, at the Glyptoteket Museum in Copenhagen.

 I brought my little dancer to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen to see New York CIty Ballet perform on tour: Magical!

I brought my little dancer to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen to see New York CIty Ballet perform on tour: Magical!