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STORIES FROM THE CLASSICAL BALLET by Belinda Hollyer

STORIES FROM THE CLASSICAL BALLET

By Belinda Hollyer (Author) , Sophy Williams (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-670-86605-9
Publisher: Viking

 A book about ballet that tries to do many things--and succeeds at most. In her first book, Hollyer admirably accomplishes the equivalent of novelizing movies based on books--adapting back into stories eight ballets originally inspired by stories. Irina Baronova--one of Ballanchine's ``baby ballerinas''--provides an introduction that is part autobiography, part engaging discussion of ballet. She also pens introductions and performance notes for each story, full of personal--at times comic--experiences and pithy observations. Everything about the book orients readers toward an appreciation of the ballet except the opulent, eye-filling illustrations; Williams treats the material only as stories and doesn't make the link to the ballets that her collaborators do. It's a minor misstep in an otherwise smoothly choreographed work. (Fiction. 8-12)