Sleeping Beauty: The Ballet Story

Sleeping Beauty: The Ballet Story

by Marian Horosko, Todd Doney, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A picture-book retelling of the plot from the Petipa/Tchaikovsky ballet. The retelling here is every bit as good as those found in Jane Rosenberg's Dance Me a Story (Thames & Hudson, 1985) and in Violette Verdy's Of Swans, Sugarplums and Satin Slippers (Scholastic, 1991), both of which contain plots for several ballets. The narrative flows along smoothly, supplying all of the important plot lines in an entertaining manner, thus giving young fans a good understanding of the ballet when they see it. The illustrations are less effective; the full-page oil paintings are done in an impressionistic style and appear hazy due to the simulated stage lighting. Also, the print is too small for the layout. Nevertheless, the book is an adequate purchase for libraries in which ballet is popular.-Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA
Linda Ward-Callaghan
ger for reading aloud. The interpretation of Perrault's "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale through Petipa's choreography and set to Tchaikovsky's score has long been a favorite vehicle for introducing young people to the ballet. Horosko's scene-by-scene representation of the story presents young balletomanes with a visually rich understanding of both the tale's story line and how the music and the dancers' movements interpret the tale. Doney's lush oil illustrations are marked by rich color and sparkling accents, yet they are soft and unfocused, maintaining an otherworldly feeling. A lovely addition to library shelves.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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