Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker Christmas is coming and Madame Rosa has prepared a surprise party for her ballet class Ella Bella would you fetch the music box asks Madame Rosa Then we can have some dancing at our party As the mus

  • Title: Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker
  • Author: James Mayhew
  • ISBN: 9780764165818
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Christmas is coming, and Madame Rosa has prepared a surprise party for her ballet class Ella Bella, would you fetch the music box asks Madame Rosa Then we can have some dancing at our party As the music begins playing, little Ella Bella is magically transported into the enchanting, festive world of The Nutcracker ballet There, she meets the beautiful Clara and her woodChristmas is coming, and Madame Rosa has prepared a surprise party for her ballet class Ella Bella, would you fetch the music box asks Madame Rosa Then we can have some dancing at our party As the music begins playing, little Ella Bella is magically transported into the enchanting, festive world of The Nutcracker ballet There, she meets the beautiful Clara and her wooden Nutcracker doll Together, Ella and Clara must fight off the evil Mouse King so they can break the evil spell that has transformed a handsome prince into the Nutcracker doll When the spell is broken and the prince comes to life, he leads Clara and Ella to a magic forest where they dance to the music of the famous Nutcracker ballet On the last page of this beautifully illustrated story, young readers learn about the origins of The Nutcracker ballet, its music written in 1892 by the composer Piotr Tchaikovsky for Russia s famous Imperial Ballet.

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  • James Mayhew

    Born in Stamford, Lincolnshire in1964, James Mayhew grew up in the Dickensian village of Blundeston in Suffolk After completing a Foundation Course at Lowestoft College, he studied illustration at Maidstone College of Art, graduating in 1987 with First Class honours His first book for children was Katie s Pictures Show, Orchard Books 1989 establishing the long running series about a child s adventures in an art gallery Many of his books have a cultural agenda and James is passionate about introducing children to art, music, opera, ballet and traditional tales.He has published over 60 books, and illustrated and written for many other colleagues including Philippa Pearce, Martin Waddell and Jackie Morris.As a storyteller he has devised and performed a series of sell out concerts for children with the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra, and has participated in prom performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.He has also created designs and illustrations for the Kirov Mariinsky Opera of St Petersburg and in 1994 won the New York Times award for one of the ten best illustrated books on the year The Boy and The Cloth of Dreams.He has made regular appearances at the National Galleries in Edinburgh and London and visits many schools, and arts and literary festivals.James is a member of the Art Worker s Guild and the Society of Authors.

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  • This is one of a series of books about a little girl called Ella Bella and her ballet lessons with Madame Rosa. As fans of the series will know, Madame Rosa has a magical music box and whenever she asks Ella Bella to fetch it, the little girl usually plays the music when she is alone and is transported into the story of a ballet.This book covers the most popular Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker,” which tells the story of Clara, the Nutcracker doll who is really a Prince, the wicked King Mou [...]


  • A well retelling of a Christmas Classic, to reach a younger generation. The illustrations were colorful, and had tons of detail. Making children look at the pictures, way after the words are read. Giving little dancing princesses dreams, of dancing around a Christmas tree. And letting their imagination run free.



  • I love the story of the Nutcracker and found this to be an engaging story. The character of Ella Bella Ballerina is incorporated into the Nutcracker. Love the layout and illustrations!


  • This book is for PS-3, and my student could independently read the book.The book comes as part of a series with different ballets described. A new book on Ella Bella and the Midsummer Night's Dream will come out in 2015. This could lead to the student reading more books by the author for additional information on other ballets. Natalie expressed interest in music, theater, dancing, and art. Fantasy and animals are included in the ballet. This ballet is written by a Russian writer. Natalie expres [...]


  • I went to the ballet when I was little and we watched The Nutcracker, and I hated it. I didn't know what the heck was going on, because no one explained the story to me, and even though the stage and the costumes were gorgeous, it didn't make up for my confusion and what I believed was a lack of story. In the Ella Bella series the Nutcracker is explained in a simple way that children can understand, so that when I take my young to see The Nutcracker, they'll know what's going on, and will associ [...]


  • This Nutcracker story was an interesting mix of the fairy tale and a "child in a ballet" version. Ella Bella (who apparently stars in other ballet booksI didn't realize how many ballet series are out there until we started looking for Nutcracker stories! In this one, Ella Bella and her ballet class are having a Christmas party, but when Ella goes to get her teacher's music box, the music magically transports her (or is she just imagining things?) into the story of the Nutcracker. The Rat King ma [...]


  • I wrote negative reviews of the other books in this series--negative enough for me to get an annoyed comment from the author in fact(!), but I liked this one.We get a lot of requests for a simple Nutcracker retelling every December and except for Susan Jeffers version, none of them are good for the preschool set. This one draws children into the story, just as I try to do each December at my (very) simple Nutcracker program, and I will happily recommend it to patrons.


  • Ella Bella is enchanted by the music of the famous Nutcracker Ballet. She meets Clara and together they battle the evil Mouse King breaking the spell that tranformed the prince into the Nutcracker doll. A great seasonal read, especially for any youngsters who may be attending a performance of The Nutcracker.


  • A new series about a young Ella Bella Ballerina and her ballet classes and famous ballets. This story the teacher tells the class about the Nutcracker story and Ella ends up in the story and follows it along. A great way to introduce a famous piece of music and ballet for a child. Lovely pictures. A factual page at the end of the book gives more details about the ballet and composer of the music.


  • I nice story for those kids who are fans of both ballet and the nutcracker story. It was well received and enjoyed by O. Mom and Dad were happy it wasn't just another Nutcracker retelling as doesn't everyone have a couple different versions already?



  • My favorite retelling of the story of the Nutcracker for young children. My three-year-old daughter loves this book, and it was a fun way to introduce her to the classic Christmas ballet.





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