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Watch the curtain rise on these dramatic and beautiful ballets. The stories in this collection feature magic and comedy, drama and adventure, and are accompanied by a brief history of classical ballet, as well as historical details of the composition, choreography and early performances of each ballet.
©2009 Jane Yolen (P)2009 Barefoot Books

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"Prepare for this year's performance of 'Nutcracker' with this elegant collection." ( San Francisco Chronicle)

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  • Elle
  • 11-02-2019

Heartbroken!

I have over 400 Audible books & this is, without doubt, one of my absolute favorites! The stories are tender & full of loveliness & Juliet Stevenson... well, she simply must go on living forever to tell me stories! Her voice is the perfect match to anything graceful & moving! Juliet, I love you! This book has been such a treasure in my library! I love it so much that I’ve looked to see if there was a sequel... only to discover that this book, in print, contains several more ballets! This reading only contains the first 3, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty & Daphnis & Chole. But the Book also has: Cinderella, Swan Lake & Coppelia! The only way this book could be more perfect is if it also featured Giselle... I am heartbroken that we are missing out on hearing Juliet Stevenson read the other Ballets to us! I want the rest of this book! It’s beautiful in every way & deserves a full production!

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