The Random House Book of Stories From the Ballet

The Random House Book of Stories From the Ballet

by Geraldine McCaughrean, Angela Barrett
     
 

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"In this attractive book, ten of the world's best-known ballets, including The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella, are introduced to young readers. The essence of a ballet production is successfully captured by the full-color illustrations, which exuberantly portray each story's setting, and the writing style, which

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"In this attractive book, ten of the world's best-known ballets, including The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella, are introduced to young readers. The essence of a ballet production is successfully captured by the full-color illustrations, which exuberantly portray each story's setting, and the writing style, which maintains the original flavor of both the tales and ballets. Children who love to attend ballets, take ballet lessons, or like to read fairy tales will delight in this treasury."—Booklist There is no more elegant or comprehensive introduction to the ballet than this enchanting book.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From Swan Lake to The Sleeping Beauty, the plots of 10 beloved ballets (The Nutcracker, The Firebird, Giselle, etc.) are set forth in Geraldine McCaughrean's dramatic prose in The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet; Angela Barrett's finely detailed artwork-elaborate borders, evocative spot pictures and full-page paintings-ranges from haunting to comic (Random, $18, 126p, ages 9-12 ISBN 0-679-87125-X Aug.).
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Plot summaries from 10 classical ballets, all of them major crowd-pleasers such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. The most recent ballets covered are Romeo and Juliet, Petrouchka, and The Firebird. The reteller presents them as short stories complete with dialogue and thoughts. She does a credible job of briefly and accurately presenting the plots in a way that should hold the interest of readers who have no background on the subject. Barrett's handsome illustrations have a 19th-century, old-fashioned look. They include lots of period detail, and are done predominately in pastels, gold, orange, and dark blue. They look just like ballets in their detailed design and pretty colors. Louis Untermeyer's Tales from the Ballet (Golden Press, 1968; o.p.) covers more ballets (and more modern ones) with briefer plot summaries, while Jane Rosenberg's Dance Me a Story (Thames and Hudson, 1985; o.p.) describes the same ballets as McCaughrean, but in greater detail, and her book is aimed more at serious young dance students. McCaughrean's volume compares well with both of those titles and should enrich any collection.Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA
April Judge
The lights dim. The orchestra begins playing. And the curtain rises on a stage set for a ballet. In this attractive book, 10 of the world's best-known ballets, including "The Sleeping Beauty", "The Nutcracker", "Romeo and Juliet", and "Cinderella", are introduced to young readers. Dramatic plots, unusual characters, and magical spells are interwoven into each of the well-written retellings. The essence of a ballet production is successfully captured by the full-color illustrations, which exuberantly portray each story's setting, and the writing style, which maintains the original flavor of both the tales and ballets. Children who love to attend ballets, take ballet lessons, or like to read fairy tales will delight in this treasury.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679871255
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Series:
Random House Book Of... Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.41(w) x 10.77(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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