Dance Me a Story: Twelve Tales from the Classic Ballets

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“A beautiful guide. . . . The richly detailed watercolor illustrations . . . evoke the mood and atmosphere of each ballet.”—Prima Ballerina
Jane Rosenberg’s delightful retellings for children of the greatest ballets—whether the tales are read as introductions to a ballet or to relive a production already seen, art and text combine to give a clear understanding of plot, scene, and character. Young children in particular will enjoy reading the stories—or having them read—both as lovely fairy tales and to help them ...

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Overview

“A beautiful guide. . . . The richly detailed watercolor illustrations . . . evoke the mood and atmosphere of each ballet.”—Prima Ballerina
Jane Rosenberg’s delightful retellings for children of the greatest ballets—whether the tales are read as introductions to a ballet or to relive a production already seen, art and text combine to give a clear understanding of plot, scene, and character. Young children in particular will enjoy reading the stories—or having them read—both as lovely fairy tales and to help them share in the magic of a real dramatic performance.
Here are the romantic arabesques of Giselle and the classical attitudes of The Sleeping Beauty. Sets, costumes, and lighting are re-created to give the true flavor of authentic productions and to approximate, as fully as possible, the experience of attending the ballet oneself.

Presents the texts of the stories danced in twelve well-loved ballets, including "Cinderella," "Coppâelia," "Don Quixote," "Firebird," "Nutcracker," "Swan Lake," and "La Sylphide."

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 The plots of 12 well-known ballets are adequately told so that readers can follow the sequence of events and have an idea of the type of dance movement and music that characterize important moments. For example, Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty, spins towards her Prince and ``dives fearlessly into his arms. . . .'' In ``Giselle'' a man ``leaps along a diagonal line that the Wilis have formed'' to force him to dance to death. The impact of the full-page color illustrations that accompany each plot along with smaller black-and-white artwork is often diluted because of poor placement. The illustration of the battle between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is placed opposite the description of the Stahlbaum party. A picture of the Moor and the Ballerina from the third scene of ``Petrouchka'' is placed at the end of the tale. With only three collections of ballet plots for children currently in print, this will be a useful addition for school and public library collections. Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500277393
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 831,807
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Rosenberg is an author and illustrator and lives in Los Angeles.

Jane Rosenberg is an author and illustrator and lives in Los Angeles.

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