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The White Ballets

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Possibly the best-loved of all ballets are “Giselle,” “La Bayadère,” and “Swan Lake.” Known as the White Ballets, they each tell stories of ethereal maidens costumed in floating white, who seem to be lovely creatures suspended somewhere between heaven and earth.

It is every ballerina’s dream to dance “Giselle.” Despite being frail, the simple peasant girl, Giselle, can’t gi
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Tundra Books
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Nicola Mansfield
Dec 02, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: First I must say I am not a fan of the ballet, the dance or the music. However, I do appreciate the stories they tell and I enjoy reading retellings of the stories either in picture book format or more involved novelized retellings. The stories are much like fairy tales, incorporating many elements of fantasy.

This is a beautiful book. One worth owning and adding to a collection of fairy tales or similar retellings. Aesthetically the book is gorgeously illustrated with full pa
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Treasure
Dec 23, 2011 Treasure rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
A White Ballet refers to a ballet featuring the corps de ballet in matching white costumes, and this book contains three of them. The author is a former ballerina and currently an artist, and her paintings are featured throughout the book. She describes the paintings as intended to invoke magic and feeling and not to be taken literally, which is certainly true as the dancers often have out of proportion body parts or their heads at humanly impossible angles. Children wanting to learn about ...more
carissa
Jan 16, 2012 carissa rated it really liked it
"Possibly the best-loved of all ballets are “Giselle,” “La Bayadère,” and “Swan Lake.” Known as the White Ballets, they each tell stories of ethereal maidens costumed in floating white, who seem to be lovely creatures suspended somewhere between heaven and earth.

It is every ballerina’s dream to dance “Giselle.” Despite being frail, the simple peasant girl, Giselle, can’t give up dancing. She is afraid that if she dies before she weds, she will become a Wili, a spirit maiden who haunts the forest
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Hilary
Balletomanes are familiar with “White Ballets,” ballets which provide a special challenge for the corps de ballet, who, dressed in white tutus, are taken from the background and placedirectly in the limelight center stage. The dancers are driven to perform as one entity, striving to achieve identical steps, movements, and facial expressions. This volume features three famous White Ballets: “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” and “La Bayadere.”

Author/illustrator Kupesic, herself a former dancer with the Nati
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Mallory
May 23, 2012 Mallory rated it really liked it
Kupesic, as a former ballerina provides insight into how three of the most important white ballets are performed as only a dancer can. Her art work is magnificent and really brings the stories of Swan Lake, Giselle, and La Bayadere to life. I also enjoyed her explanations of her paintings and the hidden meanings within them to further explain the stories. This is a great resource for young dancers who would like to know more about these popular ballets. I wish that there was more detail about ...more
Jenny
Apr 26, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
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This was a nice, beautifully illustrated compilation of the White Ballets. The stories were told well and are nicely summarized. My 6-year-old sat and listened pretty well, even though there wasn't a picture on every page. There are about five illustrations for each story and they are gorgeous with very rich colors and ornate frames.
Betsy
May 03, 2012 Betsy rated it liked it
Loved reading the stories behind the "White Ballets": Swan Lake, Giselle and La Bayadere; would prefer some of the art work to go better with the stories. Can see middle school readers, particularly girls, enjoying the stories.
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