The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories by Jane Yolen

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Let yourself be drawn into the magical world of the dance with this sumptuous anthology. Love, laughter, betrayal, adventure and tragedy intertwine to create stories that will reach deep into the heart and dreams of the reader. The story of "The Sleeping Beauty" will whisk you away to the thorny castle where Princess Aurora awaits her prince; the comedy and confusion of "Coppélia" will delight you, and the magical adventures of Clara in "The Nutcracker" will entrance you.

Featuring a brief history of classical ballet, as well as historical details of each dance, composition, choreography and early performances, this book will captivate anyone with a love of this awe-inspiring art.
 

About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received her BA from Smith College in 1960. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults and adults. Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic, which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. She has won a multitude of medals for her work including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award. Poet, novelist, storyteller, and picture-book author "Jane Yolen" has won five awards for her body of work in children's literature: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the Keene State Award, the Boston Public Library's Literary Lights for Children Award, and the Anna V. Zarrow Award. Her many books include "Owl Moon, " which won the Caldecott Medal, "Moon Ball, " and "Where Have the Unicorns Gone?" Her daughter, "Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple", has worked as a parole officer and a private investigator, and wrote "Meet the Monsters" with Jane Yolen. The two also collaborated on "The Wolf Girls: An Unsolved Mystery from History" and "The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History." Jane and Heidi both live in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit the authors at www.JaneYolen.com and www.HeidiStemple.com
 
Published September 1, 2004 by Barefoot Books. 96 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Readers can dance through the pages of The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illus. by Rebecca Guay. The compendium contains seven stories from across the centuries

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The mother-daughter team behind The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories retells eight folktales featuring traditional dances.

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The compendium contains seven stories from across the centuries and continents (including ""Swan Lake,"" ""The Nutcracker,"" ""The Sleeping Beauty"" and ""Daphnis and Chloe""), prefaced by an introduction that discusses the dancers and composers who brought each ballet to life.

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