The Magic of the Ballet: Seven Classic Stories

By Vivian French

Illustrated by Lauren O'Hara

A book of beautiful, lively retellings of classic ballet stories.

From Swan Lake to The Firebird, and The Nutcracker to Coppélia, Vivian French breathes new life into seven ballet favourites in her timeless, gloriously-immersive retellings. Her words are perfectly complemented by Lauren O'Hara's characterful illustrations, which strike the perfect balance between classic and contemporary, and the result is a treasury which shimmers with the magic of the ballet ... certain to leave readers of all ages spellbound!

Categories: Anthology

For readers aged: 7+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406398762
  • Published: 06 Oct 2022
  • Price: £16.99
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  • Size: 260 x 207 mm
  • Pages: 152

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'Perfect for small ballet fans […] told with assured, absorbing interest and illustrated with delicate porcelain charm.' Guardian

'The sinister undertones of Swan Lake, the weaving of the spell that binds Sleeping Beauty for 100 years, the love story at the heart of Giselle and the power of the Firebird will enchant all those who read or listen to these powerful stories.' LoveReading4Kids

'[…]delightful compendium that balances the traditional with some contemporary touches. Delicately illustrated.' Sally Morris' children's books of the year, Daily Mail

'A retelling of seven famous ballets, with sumptuous illustrations. A must for ballet fans.' Irish Independent

'good prep for a ballet and the illustrations by Lauren O’Hara are charming.' Evening Standard

'Illustrator O’Hara strikes a balance between classic and contemporary styles to entice ballet fans old and new.' The Bookseller

'The Magic of the Ballet is as beautiful as it is engrossing, and would make an ideal gift for any fairy-tale and ballet amateur.' Childrens Books Ireland

'[…]this lavish ensemble of the most beloved ballet tales has been exquisitely re-told by master storyteller Vivian French. […]The Magic of the Ballet is the kind of timeless book which creates childhood memories fondly looked back on as decades pass.' WRD

'beautifully presented book.' Primary Times

'A book of beautifully illustrated, lively retellings of classic ballet stories [...] Vivian French breathes new life into seven ballet favourites in her timeless, gloriously-immersive retellings.' ACHUKA

'This would make for a fascinating introduction to ballet for young readers […] French has rewritten the stories for the modern day and in doing so has challenged outdated ideas and ways of thinking.' Book Murmuration

'A brilliant way to introduce children to a variety of composers and the powerful way in which words, music, dance and illustration can work together to immerse the reader in spellbinding story telling. This book should be in all primary class and school libraries from Year 3 onwards.' Just Imagine

'The Magic of the Ballet is as beautiful as it is engrossing, and would make an ideal gift for any fairy-tale and ballet amateur.' Childrens Books Ireland

'A book that will be treasured for a long time.' The Strawberry Post

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