Ella Bella Ballerina and the Sleeping Beauty
Overview - Little Ella Bella loves attending Madame Rosa s ballet class at the old theater. Most of all she loves the music that plays from Madame Rosa s special music box, the theme from "The Sleeping Beauty " ballet. One day, after ballet class has ended, Ella Bella is left alone with the music box on the theater stage. Read more...
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Little Ella Bella loves attending Madame Rosa s ballet class at the old theater. Most of all she loves the music that plays from Madame Rosa s special music box, the theme from "The Sleeping Beauty " ballet. One day, after ballet class has ended, Ella Bella is left alone with the music box on the theater stage. As its music begins playing, Ella is transported to the magical world where the Sleeping Beauty s story takes place. Entering the palace of Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty, Ella meets all the story s characters not only the good ones, but also the sinister bad fairy and she sees the famous story unfold before her very eyes. Here is an unusually imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale, with illustrations that capture the story s magic and mystery. A brief postscript on the book s final page summarizes the history of ballet from its origins during the Italian Renaissance to the late nineteenth-century, when the famous Russian composer Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky wrote music for "The Sleeping Beauty " ballet."
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Ballet and fairy tales, a sure-fire combination for romantically minded young readers, receive the friendliest of treatments in this handsome, oversize volume. Ella Bella is captivated when Madame Rosa instructs the class (“my darlings”) to “imagine you are fairies” and plays the music from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty ballet. Intrigued, Ella stays after class, opens Madame Rosa's music box and, “just like magic,” the music starts and she dances herself into the fairy tale. The Lilac Fairy guides her through the various dramas and happy ending. Mayhew's (Katie Meets the Impressionists) light touch keeps the story from being overblown or fussy: when Ella sees the spindle being proffered to Princess Aurora, she “remembered the bad fairy's spell. 'Don't touch it!' she called. But Aurora did not hear.” The breezy, dynamic lines of his illustrations, as well as the subdued colors, make the magical turn of events seem entirely natural. While Mayhew offers no surprises, his easygoing delivery is bound to engage anyone whose imagination is inspired by music, dancing, princes and princesses. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)