Ella Bella ballerina and A Midsummer night's dream

by Mayhew, James, 1964-

Format: Print Book 2015
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Here is the newest title in B.E.S. delightful Ella Bella series! In this story, Ella's kindly ballet teacher, Madame Rosa, has given the children costumes to wear as her magical music box pours out a shimmering tune. "This is A Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn," she says, as she tells the children about the Shakespearean story that inspired Mendelssohn's ballet. When Madame Rosa is through, she asks all of her little ballerinas to "dance like fairies!"
When everyone else goes off to change, Ella stays behind for just one more fairy dance...and finds herself transported into the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream . There, she meets Puck, the mischievous fairy, and Oberon, King of Fairyland. Oberon asks Puck to help him win back the heart of Titania, his fairy queen. Puck, in turn, enlists Ella to help him in his midsummer mischief.
This charming story is beautifully illuminated by James Mayhew's whimsical, lovely, and colorful illustrations. A brief passage at the back of the book tells the story of William Shakespeare's beloved comedy. It also includes some interesting facts about Felix Mendelssohn and his sparkling, scurrying, enchanting music.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The latest picture book in the Ella Bella Ballerina series takes the little dancer into A Midsummer Night's Dream. After her class, Ella Bella stays and dances to Mendelssohn's music for the ballet, played on Madame Rosa's magical music box. Soon Puck arrives to transport her into the story, where she meets Oberon, King of Fairyland, and watches as events unfold. Puck casts spells on Bottom and Queen Titania, who falls in love with the donkey-headed fellow until the enchantment disappears. Awakening, Titania returns to Oberon. Sensibly abbreviated, the story-within-the-story retains magical parts that are likely to interest a young audience. An appended note comments on Shakespeare's play and Mendelssohn's music for the ballet. Mayhew's large-scale illustrations, ink-drawings with subdued colors, create fanciful scenes within the ballet and charming pictures of Ella Bella and her fellow students. This ballet may not be as well-known as those explored in previous volumes, but there's no denying the appeal of this series for young dance lovers, who will enjoy the dreamlike magic in this picture book.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ella Bella's fifth outing sees the dancer transported into a ballet based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. After meeting Puck, who Mayhew pictures as a Peter Pan-like sprite, the children help Oberon conspire to trick Titania into falling in love with Bottom, who has been given the head of a donkey. While it's a fairly idiosyncratic story for Ella Bella to explore, Mayhew fills the pages with fairy mischief and magic, even after the heroine returns to the real world. An endnote discusses Mendelssohn's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's play, which has been used in several ballets. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616. -- Midsummer night's dream -- Juvenile fiction.
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616. -- Midsummer night's dream -- Fiction.
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, -- 1809-1847. -- Sommernachtstraum -- Juvenile fiction.
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, -- 1809-1847. -- Sommernachtstraum -- Fiction.
Ballet -- Juvenile fiction.
Ballet -- Fiction.
Ballerinas -- Juvenile fiction.
Ballerinas -- Fiction.
Publisher Hauppage, New York :2015
Edition First edition for North America.
Other Titles James Mayhew presents Ella Bella Ballerina and A Midsummer night's dream
Language English
Notes First published in 2015 by Orchard Books, London.
Description 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 33 cm
ISBN 9780764167973
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