visión de conjunto:Reseña del editor The latest volume in Black Dog’s successful book-and-CD series combines the mesmerizing stories of the world’s great ballets with fun facts dancing how-tos history profiles― all accompanied by charming original watercolors. From Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to Peter and the Wolf and Fancy Free the of twenty-five of the world’s best-loved ballets are told accompanied by corresponding tracks on an enclosed CD. These are the charming stories that bring ballet to life on the stage along with the music that has made them into enduring classics. Surrounding the stories is a captivating illustrated history of ballet each page filled with information artwork and profiles of the world’s great dancers choreographers and composers. There are even instructions on ballet positions and the key moves that every dancer needs to know. The musical selections included on the CD are keyed to specific points in the text making the book uniquely interactive educational and fun. Nota de la solapa Welcome to the magical world of ballet! In this book you'll experience dance in a whole new wayby listening and learning at the same time. You'll read about the history of ballet and its most famous dancers composers and choreographers. You'll find out a little bit about the different ballet steps and positions (and get a chance to try them yourself). And best of all you'll read the wonderful stories of the world's greatest ballets and as the stories unfold you can listen to pieces of music from some of them. Soon you will be a ballet expert! From The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to Rodeo Fancy Free and Peter and the Wolf all of the world's most popular and beloved ballets are included here illustrated with beautiful watercolors that you will want to return to again and again. Enjoy the stories (and the stories behind): La Sylphide Giselle Coppélia Don Quioxote Swan Lake Sleeping Beauty The Nutcracker Dying Swan Firebird Petrouchka The Rite of Spring Peter and the Wolf Romeo and Juliet Rodeo Fancy Free Circus Polka Cinderella Daphnis and Choloë and more! Contraportada Listen while you learn about the world's greatest ballets dancers choreographers and composers!Why do ballet dancers stand like ducks? (Page 13)How high can the greatest ballet dancers leap? (Page 27)What famous ballet company was originally made up of orphans? (Page 32)Which very popular ballet was a complete FLOP when it was first performed? (Page 37)Name three ballets featuring toys that come to life. (Page 55)Which ballet music sounds as if it was written for stomping giants rather than pretty ballerinas? (Page 58)Which famous ballet dancer did a duet with Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show? (Page 81)Enjoy stories of the world's great ballets listen to the music that brings them to lifeand find out lots of fun facts along the wayin this entertaining and colorful book for young dancers and dance-lovers at every level. Biografía del autor Meredith Hamilton (Author) Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series among other books and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn New York with her husband and three children.Laura Lee is currently producing a U.S. tour of the Russian Classical Ballet. She is the author of The Encyclopedia of Aggravation and The Elvis Impersonation Kit both available from Black Dog & Leventhal.Laura Lee (Author) Laura Lee is currently producing a U.S. tour of the Russian Classical Ballet. She is the author of The Encyclopedia of Aggravation and The Elvis Impersonation Kit both available from Black Dog & Leventhal.