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.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.