Young ballerinas will find the answer to all these questions and delight in the sheer charm of Ella Bella’s world. James Mayhew has also included a last page full of ballet facts to help even the keenest budding ballerina learn about the story behind Swan Lake.
In this story, Ella’s kindly ballet teacher Madame Rosa is preparing her class to dance in Tchaikovsky’s immortal “Swan Lake,” and as Ella learns the story and listens to the music she is transported in a dream into “Swan Lake’s” setting. There, she meets Odette, a beautiful princess who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer. This beautiful volume’s story is enhanced with James Mayhew’s color illustrations. A brief passage at the back of the book recounts the life of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his creation of the music for this famous ballet.