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Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella

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Ella Bella loves her ballet class, which is conducted by the kindly Madame Rosa at an old theatre that seems touched by magic. One day, when Ella loses one of her slippers, Madame Rosa lends her another pair for dancing--and is then reminded of Cinderella and her story of the lost slipper. Madame Rosa recounts the tale to her students, and Ella Bella listens with heightened interest. When their day's lesson has ended Ella lingers at the theatre, then opens Madame Rosa's music box and listens as it plays melodies...
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Overview


Ella Bella loves her ballet class, which is conducted by the kindly Madame Rosa at an old theatre that seems touched by magic. One day, when Ella loses one of her slippers, Madame Rosa lends her another pair for dancing--and is then reminded of Cinderella and her story of the lost slipper. Madame Rosa recounts the tale to her students, and Ella Bella listens with heightened interest. When their day's lesson has ended Ella lingers at the theatre, then opens Madame Rosa's music box and listens as it plays melodies from the Cinderella ballet. Suddenly, Cinderella's fairy godmother magically appears, and Ella Bella is transported into the beloved story of Cinderella. This delightful book's final page describes the ballet Cinderella, with music by the great Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mayhew's sweetly imaginative heroine returns, brought to life in lively paint and ink illustrations. When Ella Bella loses one of her ballet slippers, Madame Rosa lets her select a replacement pair. As Ella dances to her teacher's music box playing Cinderella, she enters the story itself, as Cinderella's fairy godmother and the “Fairies of the Four Seasons” enlist her help. Ella picks out a pair of silver shoes for Cinderella and tags along through the rest of the fairy tale. A whimsical romp for ballet lovers. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
When Ella Bella discovers she has not brought a ballet shoe to class, Madame Rosa lends her the one she lacks. This inspires Madame Rosa to play the Cinderella ballet music for the class and tell the story of Cinderella to her students. As the other students change after the lesson, Ella Bella slips away to start her own Cinderella adventure. Immersed in the music and the story, Ella Bella meets four fairies who reenact the story but, this time, with her participation. Ella Bella's proudest moment is when she helps Cinderella and the Prince reunite after the ball. The story ends with Ella Bella returning to an empty stage and going home from her lesson, a far-cry from the heady ending of the original Cinderella tale. A benefit of introducing a child character to the classic story of Cinderella is that readers, identifying with Ella Bella, can experience the story in a new way. A disadvantage is that the story is compressed in order to accommodate Ella Bella, so it lacks the dramatic tension of the original. Illustrations bring to mind a little girl's birthday cake: squiggly and feminine with many little details. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
Kirkus Reviews
Mayhew's pint-sized ballerina returns to explore another famous ballet (Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty, 2008). When Ella misplaces a ballet slipper prior to class, she borrows a pair from Madame Rosa. Inspired by a combination of Madame's retelling of Cinderella's tale and the mesmerizing melodies of Madame's unique music box, Ella lingers after class concludes to continue dancing. With the arrival of Cinderella's fairy godmother, Ella soon finds herself instrumental in achieving Cinderella's happy ending. The author's rendition includes elements from Prokofiev's ballet that fans of the animated cinematic version may not know, such as The Fairies of the Four Seasons and a pair of magic shoes rather than the iconic glass slippers. His elegant line drawings coupled with abundant application of colors ranging from delicate pastels to deeper, more vibrant hues deftly convey the ethereal quality of the tale. Readers will enjoy spotting the parallels between Ella's and Cinderella's tales. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764162688
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 134,707
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


James Mayhew was born in Blundeston, a village in Suffolk, England, and now lives with his wife and son in Letchworth Garden City, England. The author and illustrator of many popular children's books, he is also the author of Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty, also available from Barron's.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Beautiful

    This book was a hit with my daughter- her name is Ella. The pictures are really beautiful & the story is a nice blend of Cinderella and James Mayhew's own story of Ella Bella. This would be a big hit with any little ballerina!

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