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The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories


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Coppelia - Delibes Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Cinderella - Prokofiev The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky Shim Chung - Pickard The Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky Daphnis and Chloe - Ravel

About the Author

Jane Yolen attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, she is a woman of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. Heidi Stemple, Jane's daughter, has previously worked as a parole officer, private investigator and bartender. She didn't start writing until the age of 28 and hasn't stopped since. Heidi lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters. Rebecca Guay graduated from the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York City with a degree in illustration. Rebecca previously provided illustrations for Marvel and worked predominately as an illustrator of comic books, trading cards, young adult novels and four graphic novels. She is also the illustrator of Goddesses: A World of Myth and Magic, also published by Barefoot Books.


Gr 3-6-These retellings of "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Copp?lia," "Swan Lake," "The Nutcracker," "Daphnis and Chloe," and "Shim Chung: the Blind Man's Daughter" include rich details about the plots and characters. A one-page introduction to each tale provides historical perspective, including who wrote it, who composed the music for the ballet, and who performed the main roles in some of the productions. There is also a brief chronology of classical ballet from 1581 to 1986. The authors have captured the drama, excitement, and magic of these stories, making them enjoyable as read-alouds and enlightening for young theatergoers. The mostly full-page, watercolor illustrations are lush and romantic, and beautifully complement the text. Lovely floral designs border the text pages. This well-conceived and colorful look at some of the great classical ballets will enrich library collections and inspire young dancers.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'What a magical book. My daughters, at their young age, love the beautiful illustrations' - Darcey Bussell 'The illustrations by Rebecca Guay are well executed in an ornate pre-raphaelite style; each page has bands of flowers down the side, and even the page numbers are decorated with roses... The choice of ballet stories [includes Shim Chung]... This unusual addition to a little girl's book of ballet stories lifts it out of the norm, and the double page painting of Shim Chung swimming with dolphins is beautiful.' - Dance Expression

Readers can dance through the pages of The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illus. by Rebecca Guay. The compendium contains seven stories from across the centuries and continents (including "Swan Lake," "The Nutcracker," "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Daphnis and Chloe"), prefaced by an introduction that discusses the dancers and composers who brought each ballet to life. Guay's (Goddesses: A World of Myth and Magic) paintings show fairies, princes and others in graceful and expressive poses. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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