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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  29 reviews
With depth and understanding, acclaimed diva Leontyne Price retells this famous opera about the beautiful princess of Ethiopia. “The Dillons magnificently capture the drama with powerful full-page illustrations that resemble stage sets. . . . Ideal for reading aloud during an Egyptian unit, in music classes, to children attending the opera, or for the pure aesthetic experi ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published February 1st 1871)
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Spook Harrison
One of the first picture books I bought for my personal collection. I adore Leontyne Price, and the illustrations are pure delight. Beautifully told.
Teneka Howland
(3nd - 5th grade)

The vivid illustrations in this story truly tell a story. The illustrators extraordinary talent is expressed through his realistic portraits. The despair of Princess Aida can almost be felt by the reader by simply gazing into her eyes as she is taken away by the Egyptian soldiers. This story follows the classic Shakespearian tale of "star-crossed lovers" as Princess Aida falls in love with Captain Radames, an official in the army of her country's enemy. In addition, the themes o
This book was a pleasure to read. It is a retelling of the classic story and opera surrounding the life of a young Ethiopian princess, Aida. This particular retelling is quite beautifully done, and gives the story in fascinating detail. In addition to the engaging prose, the book is also wonderful because of full-page illustrations dispersed throughout the book. There are also smaller illustrations that appear on each page that work in conjunction with the full-page pictures, all of which guide ...more
Leah Gerber
Something different about this book than the other Coretta Scott King Award winners was there was an illustrated frame around the text pages and the picture pages. This book also had a lot of color and texture. The Egyptian princess has many slaves that she doesn’t treat very well. The slaves are almost always kneeling and looking up at their masters. The princess is very vain and looks at herself in the mirror quite a bit. There are illustrations of statues and elaborate Egyptian gatherings in ...more
This series of Opera Guides presents a bi-lingual version of the text, places the work in its context, and also provides a beautiful translation. This version of Aida is fantastic. Unfortunately, reading an opera is much different than the experience, as so much of the content is lost when just reading the words. That said, this tragic love story holds up well against any play. Highly recommended. My favorite line is spoken by Aida herself: "Tua pieta implore.../Oggi noi siam percossi,/Doman voi ...more
Sierra Hunter
illustrations are amazing
A gorgeous, gorgeous book. I don't know where the idea of making the opera Aida into a picture book, but it was a very good one. Nothing can replace Verdi's music, of course, but if one doesn't have access to a production of the opera, it would be a wonderful book to sit and look at while listening to the music. Puts an emphasis on the fact that it's actually a good story. Scrupulously faithful to the opera, which is nice.
Saw opera, was good knowing something of the story.
Holly Nelson
The illustrations of the story tell of Aida who was a daughter of an King that was bored so she decided to leave the palace and go to the forbidden. The pictures represent Aida’s journey through leaving the palace and unaware that her life is about to change forever. The illustrators came together to recreate a story. Each page is shown in great detail of Aida’s surroundings and where she ends up in the end.
Aida is to Africa what Romeo and Juliet is to Europe. A tale of war and forbidden love. Aida is a captured Ethiopian princess that is enslaved by the Egyptians. Aida and an Egyptian soldier fall in love with each other, but a couple they can never be due to outside forces. As this particular version is written, it appropriate for 5th and 6th graders. Great for exploration of culture.
Leontyne Price is one of my favorite singers of all time. And of the operatic staples this one took me quite some time to figure out, and finally enjoy.

So a book about it, quite simply, just sucked. The story is best told through Verdi's music. Don't read the story, go to the opera and listen to the recordings for 2 years but you can't read about it.
Aida is a beautifully written and illustrated story of an Ethiopian princess. Middle school students will be drawn to the forbidden love, enemy captivity and betrayal elements of the story. Social studies connections can be made to African history,shaping student's cultural and world views as well as Leyontine Price as a historical figure.
Story about African Princess Aida. Makes for a great Moon Level Read Aloud or Sun Level independent Reader. Africa, Egypt, Forgiveness, Loyalty.
A Captivating retelling of Verdi's classic opera Aida. A retelling for younger children it has gorgeous illustrations by the Dillons.
I love the musical Aida. I have never seen or heard the opera but I want to. This was a beautiful book about a beautiful story.
As someone completely ignorant of opera, this is just the kind of book that makes me want to listen and learn. Beautiful.
Beautiful illustrations and a well-written emotional story provide an excellent opportunity to make opera accessible.
Sep 28, 2007 Moka rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one who loves arts
i've see it alot here in egypt and i wish that every one does's to diffrent reading it but it's also amazing.
Sarah 서라
much more mature and brilliant love story to me than romeo/juliet who sort of had a selfish love story
The vivid illustrations help to bring the story to life. This is a wonderful rendition.
Kelcey Murdoch
Loved this children's book retelling of my favorite musical.
قصة أوبرا عايدة
جميلة.. كلها عاطفة و مشاعر
1991 Coretta Scott King Award (illustrator winner)
A wonderful addition for my favorite opera.
1991 CSKing Illustrator Winner
Sarah Sammis
Beautiful retelling of the opera.
The music was amazing!
Brava! Very well done.
Lynn Calvin
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