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MOSCOW BALLET'S TALES OF CLASSICAL BALLET

Author: Russian Ballet Magazine editors

Illustrator: Sergei Dmitriev

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Publisher: Moscow Ballet,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This book showcases ten popular ballet productions, from The Nutcracker to Swan Lake, with a summary of the plot and beautiful, ornate illustrations. This is as much an art book as a story book.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The stories are well written and made me want to see the ballets as soon as possible. Although this is a children’s book, I believe this is a volume that a person of any age will enjoy because of the depth of the narration. I only wish that I had read this book when I was seven or eight. Maybe I’d be a ballerina today! Fabulous book-bravo!

Adult Reader Reaction: You don't have to be a fan of ballet. If you love great stories illustrations, you will love this book. We shared this with our 3-year-old several weeks ago. She STILL periodically asks us to read from it, but is just as likely to sit and "read" herself. The illustrations are captivating.

Pros: You don't need to know (or love) ballet to appreciate this book. The illustrations are incredible and as beautiful as the stories themselves.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy it for everyone you know and let them enjoy the classics in full color.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OLIVIA SAVES THE CIRCUS   WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD   JUMBO's LULLABY

Educational Themes: This book is an incredible tool for introducing kids to ballet. They'll understand the story before they get to the theater.

Notes: Available on the Moscow Ballet Website: http://www.nutcracker.com

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, performing arts

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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