Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to the magical world of ballet! In this book you'll experience dance in a whole new way—by listening and learning at the same time. You'll read about the history of ballet and its most famous dancers, composers, and choreographers. You'll find out a little bit about the different ballet steps and positions (and get a chance to try them yourself). And best of all, you'll read the wonderful stories of the world's greatest ballets, and, as the stories unfold, you can listen to pieces of music from some of them. Soon, you will be a ballet expert!
From The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to Rodeo, Fancy Free, and Peter and the Wolf, all of the world's most popular and beloved ballets are included here, illustrated with beautiful watercolors that you will want to return to again and again. Enjoy the stories (and the stories behind):
The Rite of Spring
Peter and the Wolf
Romeo and Juliet
Daphnis and Choloë
The latest volume in Black Dogs successful book-and-CD series combines the mesmerizing stories of the worlds great ballets with fun facts, dancing how-tos, history, profiles— all accompanied by charming original watercolors.
From Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to Peter and the Wolf and Fancy Free, the of twenty-five of the worlds best-loved ballets are told, accompanied by corresponding tracks on an enclosed CD. These are the charming stories that bring ballet to life on the stage, along with the music that has made them into enduring classics.
Surrounding the stories is a captivating, illustrated history of ballet, each page filled with information, artwork, and profiles of the worlds great dancers, choreographers, and composers. There are even instructions on ballet positions and the key moves that every dancer needs to know.
The musical selections included on the CD are keyed to specific points in the text, making the book uniquely interactive, educational, and fun.
Listen while you learn about the world's greatest ballets, dancers, choreographers, and composers!
Why do ballet dancers stand like ducks? (Page 13)
How high can the greatest ballet dancers leap? (Page 27)
What famous ballet company was originally made up of orphans? (Page 32)
Which very popular ballet was a complete FLOP when it was first performed? (Page 37)
Name three ballets featuring toys that come to life. (Page 55)
Which ballet music sounds as if it was written for stomping giants rather than pretty ballerinas? (Page 58)
Which famous ballet dancer did a duet with Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show? (Page 81)
Enjoy stories of the world's great ballets, listen to the music that brings them to life—and find out lots of fun facts along the way—in this entertaining and colorful book for young dancers and dance-lovers at every level.
About the Author
Laura Lee is currently producing a U.S. tour of the Russian Classical Ballet. She is the author of The Encyclopedia of Aggravation and The Elvis Impersonation Kit, both available from Black Dog & Leventhal.Illustrator Meredith Hamilton has drawn and painted for numerous companies including Visa International, W. W. Norton and Doubleday. She was an art director at Newsweek, and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her whimsical illustrations have been used in television ads, animations and books, including The Story of the Orchestra, A Child’s Introduction to Poetry and A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky. She lives with her two children and husband in Brooklyn, New York.