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I received this book from my cousin when I was quite young, perhaps about 8 or 9. I'm not sure how many times I read it as a child, but it was a favorite. I loved the illustration on the cover- the edition I had as a child was the Scholastic edition with the pink cover.A few years ago, I was poking around online and found out that there were five books in this series. I tracked down #2 and #5, though I was unable to find the others. Then, on Goodreads, I saw someone's review that mentioned that
I can't describe how much I adored this series as a child. Or how often I already read it. I am so not a dancer but those books are just so well written, it just pulls you into the whole story. And you can't stop until you've finished. Wonderful.I really miss those days when I was a child, reading those books.Seriously, it is sad that nobody today reads books like these. OK, now I feel old, but whatever... ;)
Not the best of the lot, but a decent introduction to the series. As with many heroines in ballet stories, Drina wants to dance but can't - her grandparents forbid it. As there are ten more books in the series, you can guess that she does eventually get her way. ;)
In the first installment in the series, Ballet for Drina, the reader is introduced to Drina, a little girl who lives with her grandparents, Mr and Mrs Chester, following the death of her mother and father when she was very young. She loves to dance but has never been allowed to take lessons and her grandmother refuses to discuss why. When Drina changes schools she makes friends with Jenny Pilgrim, who hates dancing and wants to work on a farm but whose mother insists she take ballet classes. Eve...
The whole Drina series is amazing. My mom read all of them to me when I was little, and I still read them to this day. Be forewarned though, they are all out of print, so they will be quite expensive to find, more than likely. The Drina series is the story of a young girl wanting nothing more than to be a ballerina, and how she goes about getting there. It keeps your interest and appeals to many boys as much as girls. I will definitely be reading these books to my children.
Not as good as the Shoes books, but still really satisfying for my inner ten year old balletomane.
Re-read, love those books!
I loved this series as a child and recently discovered that they went all the way to #11! See my review under the final volume, Drina Ballerina.
I've decided 2013 is going to be a heavy re-reading year, and I'm starting with this amazing series. It was one of my favorites growing up, and I have to say the writing actually does stand the test of time. This is even more impressive than normal, considered it was written in the 1950s! Drina reminds me so much of myself - very passionate, intensely focused to the point of obsessiveness, and prone to anxiety before important activities - and these traits allowed me to bond with her intensely a...
This is one of the books that got me into dancing ballet when I was eleven years old. Although I don't dance anymore, the story about this girl, embarking on a journey to become a ballet dancer and pursuing her dream to perform on big stages, empowered me and made me reflect more on what my passion was. This is a book that I would recommend, not just to girls, who are into dancing, but also to any girl, who likes reading books.
5*s on behalf of the 8 year old me!
I first read the Drina series many moons ago and didn't really think that much of them. Though I devoured titles by people like Noel Streatfeild and Lorna Hill, the Drina books always felt a little bit more pedestrian to me. They were pleasant pedestrian, if such a thing could be, but they were definitely pedestrian. Enjoyable to read, but when you were done, you were done. Ballet For Drina, plus a handful of other titles from the series, recently surfaced in a nearby shop to me and I picked the...
This is a good opener to a brilliant series about Drina Adams and her dancing. It starts from when she is 5 and her grandmother catches her dancing in the living room. It then fast forwards to Drina's first day at her new school in Warwickshire where she meets Jenny Pilgrim. Jenny and Drina are very different but make good friends and Jenny proves to be a useful ally when Drina wants to dance as she is forced to dance by her mum at The Selswick School. Drina has to hide this from her grandmother...
Good book for young readers who enjoy reading about dance and ballerinas.Drina is cute, and she wants very much to be a ballerina, no matter what it takes. She works hard, even when her grandparents forbid her from dancing.In the book, Drina and her best friend, Jenny, discuss the fact that most books about ballerinas make it seem like ballet talent comes easy, but that that's a wrong portrayal. I think this book tries to get at the other side, showing Drina working hard in her classes, sufferin...
This is teenage to young adult fiction as it is most heartwarming. For all aspiring ballerina's as well as those who are not. This story follows the life of Drina as she finds ballet after her parents die in an accident. It is a beautiful story and relays the insecurities of adolescence as well as the beauty and freedom. It really is a treasure and a shame that it is not reissued to the pleasure of future generations. If you manage to get a copy of the series then it is a worth while and timeles...
First entry in a delightful series (now sadly out of print) about Drina Adams, a young girl growing up with her grandparents in tiny Willerbury, UK. Through her friend Jenny Pilgrim she unexpectedly finds she is irresistably drawn to learn ballet, but her Grandmother firmly refuses to allow it. Through secrecy and determination, Drina learns to dance despite her Grandmother's hostility, and eventually discovers the stunning reason for it. Charming book, although the minor characters are more con...
This series was my absolute favorite when I was growing up (and truthfully, still is). I re-read it every few years and enjoy it each time. It's like a cozy sweater... comforting, reliable, enjoyable. These books are what sparked my interest in travel (ok, European travel), and I fully plan on naming my daughter (if I ever have one) either Andrina, Audrina or anything with the nickname "Drina" and hope she will be a ballerina, who is as kind aND intelligent as the heroine of these books. I even
I wasn't a dancer when I was younger (much too uncoordinated for ballet lessons), but I loved the covers of these books and bought them all to read. I recall having a somewhat difficult time reading them (written in British English, so weird spelling, punctuation, and phrasing) but overall a good kids story. Some of the alternate titles I found while looking this book up were interesting, especially the one where Drina's name had been changed to Cindy.
The first in a most captivating series of books for those who love ballet, particularly girls aged 10 - 12 years. I have such fond memories of the reading experience: eagerly going to the library in anticipation of the next one being on the shelf, finding a quiet place to read where I would be undisturbed as I was drawn into the story, full of emotional warmth and beautifully written and illustrated. You just wanted to be Drina's best friend. Very moving, I think.
i enjoy this book enjoy reading this book cause its about dancing and ballerinaDrina is her name and she is sooo cute she loves ballet and she will never stop loving it.her grandparents dont want her to dance but shell never stop..she works very hard in her classes and extra hard on her ballet lessons
I loved Drina's world as a little girl. She showed me around London before I had ever been there for myself! Definitely one to give to the nieces, should they decide to become ballerinas. The entire series is worth paying a visit.
Any story that is based on a child who has a passion for something is a worthy read. A child with a passion is not likely to be bored or to get into serious trouble. Any girl who has a passion for something that requires setting goals and serious work, will be able to identify with Drina.
Drina does not have as much personality as most of MAE's characters but this series is a must for fans of ballet books.
My favourite ballet series as a kid.
I loved this series as a child and remember being so excited whenever I found another Drina book on our mobile library, until I got my own set. Re-reading the first in the series was a treat.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR COMFORT BOOKS?IL THOSE BOOKS SO MUCH, MEMER. SO MUCH. I AM COMPLETELY SHAMELESS ABOUT MY LOVE FOR THEM.
I loved this book as a teen. I bought the first three books at Kmart one summer while at our cottage. I fell in love with the story. It is a sweet, charming book and I enjoyed re reading it.
I had not read the Drina books since I was a child and I recently re-read them all. I read the first 5 as a child and then as a teen I hunted down the final 6 once I realized they existed. I am happy to say that for the most part they hold up to the test of time. They are very much in the style of British school stories but I quite like those. I think the whole series is definitely worth the effort it takes to hunt them down.
I had the first three books growing up and lived out my desire to ndace reading and rereading them. There is smething charming in their readability. It is only now I find there are 11 books in total, but I feel fortunate to have had them as favourites at the age where they could impact the most. So it was for me.
Read this series in JR High and simply LOVED them! I need to track these down.....