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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite picture book collections of ballet tales, 11 Nov 2004
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Heidi Anne Heiner (SurLaLune Fairy Tales.com) - See all my reviews
When Jane Yolen and Barefoot Books work together, one can safely assume a high quality book will result. In this new collaboration between Yolen and her daughter, Heidi Stemple, seven classic ballet tales are retold and illustrated by Rebecca Guay. All seven tales--Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Shim Chung, The Sleeping Beauty, and Daphnis and Cloe--are beautifully written, providing vivid details and rich language instead of the more cursory texts provided in similar collections. Short introductions to each ballet, including performance histories and story sources, enriches the collection. The authors also include a brief historical timeline of ballet and a bibliography that references books as well as websites for those who want to learn more about the ballets. Guay's colorful illustrations will appeal to the most romantic dreams of any balletomane, emphasizing the brilliant colors, elaborate costumes and choreography usually associated with the ballets in performance. Overall, a wonderful book for school age children and up either to read or have read to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot Book Of Ballet Stories, 3 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories with Story CD (Hardcover)
We took just one cd from this book on holiday with us and it was listened to time and time again. Beatifully told and read so that not even adults plead to change the story. Lovely music intersperces each story and the book is beatifully illustrated. This would be a great purchase if you are taking your child to one of these ballets for the first time so they can fully understand the dance on stage without the need to ask in a loud voice "What's happening now Mummy?"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations. Bought for my 7yr old niece, 30 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories with Story CD (Hardcover)
Beautiful illustrations. Bought for my 7yr old niece. Possibly a little old for her, but i'm sure she'll love it
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The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories with Story CD
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories with Story CD by Heidi E Y Stemple (Hardcover - 1 Nov 2009)
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