Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella (Book)

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Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella (Book)
by James Mayhew

Ella Bella loves her ballet class, conducted by Madame Rosa at an old theater. One day, when Ella loses one of her slippers, Madame Rosa lends her another pair for dancing—and is then reminded of Cinderella and her story of the lost slipper. Madame Rosa recounts the tale to her students, and Ella Bella listens with heightened interest. When their day’s lesson has ended, Ella lingers at the theater, then opens Madame Rosa’s music box and listens as it plays melodies from the Cinderella ballet. Suddenly, Cinderella’s fairy godmother magically appears, and Ella Bella is transported into the beloved story of Cinderella. This delightful book’s final page describes the ballet Cinderella, with music by the great Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev.

About The Author:
James Mayhew was born in Blundeston, a village in Suffolk, England, and now lives with his wife and son in Letchworth Garden City, England. The author and illustrator of many popular children’s books, he is also the author of Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty, also available from Barron’s.

 

  • Ages 4–8
  • Hardcover w/jacket / 32 Pages / 9 x 12 1/2
     

History

Ballet

In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
 
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.

 

 

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