Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan lake

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The newest title in Barron's charming Ella Bella series tells another story of Ella Bella, a little girl who loves to dance. In this story, Ella's kindly ballet teacher Madame Rosa is preparing her class to dance in Tchaikovsky's immortal Swan Lake, and as Ella learns the story and listens to the music she is transported in a dream into Swan Lake's setting. There, she meets Odette, a beautiful princess who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer. This beautiful volume's story is enhanced with James ...
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Overview


The newest title in Barron's charming Ella Bella series tells another story of Ella Bella, a little girl who loves to dance. In this story, Ella's kindly ballet teacher Madame Rosa is preparing her class to dance in Tchaikovsky's immortal Swan Lake, and as Ella learns the story and listens to the music she is transported in a dream into Swan Lake's setting. There, she meets Odette, a beautiful princess who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer. This beautiful volume's story is enhanced with James Mayhew's color illustrations. A brief passage at the back of the book recounts the life of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his creation of the music for this famous ballet.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Mayhew's simple storytelling and delicate watercolors in blues, pinks and lilacs meld together to tell the tale of the much-beloved ballet and evoke its timeless mystery and ethereal qualities for young audiences."
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Under Madame Rosa's tutelage, Ella Bella and her classmates pretend to be baby swans as they dance to Tchaikovsky's ballet. Ella's imagination draws her into the story and she comes to the aid of Odette, the Swan Princess, under the spell of a wicked sorcerer. Mayhew's watercolor illustrations have elegant lines and are by turns romantic and dramatic as the child helps to reunite the princess and her beloved prince. The simple text is equally graceful. An endnote also provides background on the classic ballet. This addition to the charming series will appeal to fans of ballerinas and princesses.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

Lovely little ballerina Ella Bella returns to the stage after charming audiences in performances ofCinderellaandThe Sleeping Beauty.

Ella still attends class with Madame Rosa, whose music box is now playing Tchaikovsky's beautifulSwan Lake. She and her classmates, including one boy, listen to the story and pretend that they are baby swans as they move to the music. When class is over, Ella stays on stage and in her imagination becomes part of the drama as dancers perform the ballet. A prince has fallen in love with an enchanted Swan Princess named Odette, but he is tricked by an evil sorcerer into declaring his love for her look-alike, Odile. Ella Bella tries to warn him of the duplicity, but to no avail. However, in this version, all ends happily for the royalty. Ella Bella leaves the theater and dances home with her mother—hopefully to return to the stage in another ballet. As inElla Bella Ballerina and Cinderella(2009) andElla Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty(2008),Mayhew's simple storytelling and delicate watercolors in blues, pinks and lilacs meld together to tell the tale of the much-beloved ballet and evoke its timeless mystery and ethereal qualities for young audiences.

Curtain calls for Ella Bella and the whole troupe. (author's note)(Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764164071
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 295,418
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


James Mayhew lives with his wife and son in Letchworth Garden City, England. He has also written and illustrated Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella and Ella Bella Ballerina and the Sleeping Beauty.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Any girl would love it!!

    This is a lovely book for almost any young girl. Even better for a ballet student. Such a nice blend of the traditional story with a good dollop of dance.

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