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Ballet Stories (Red Hot Reads)

Press:Houghton Mifflin Kingfisher (November 14, 2003)
Author Name:Castor, Harriet (EDT)/ Holmes, Sally (ILT)/ Castor, Harriet (COM)


From the anxiety of auditions to the excitement of performing, these fifteen stories encompass all facets of the dance experience. 
There are contributions from renowned ballerinas and writers alike, including Margot Fonteyn, Amy Hest, and Cynthia Voigt.

From Booklist

Serious ballet students as well as those who simply love to read about the dancer's art will enjoy this 15-story anthology featuring young people who are learning to dance or beginning their careers.
Although two of the selections are drawn from autobiographies (Margot Fonteyn and Lynn Seymour), most are chapters from novels.
These stand pretty well on their own, but sometimes they come to a stop without quite ending.
Many of the sourcebooks are British and may not be available in library collections here, but American writers such as Amy Hest and Cynthia Voigt are included.
Simple line drawings appear every few pages, providing pleasant illustrations as well as making the stories look more accessible.
A nice addition to larger collections.
Carolyn Phelan

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sally Holmes was born in Scotland and studied art in Dundee. 
Her previous books include an acclaimed version of Hans Christian Andersen's "'The Snow Queen."' She is married and lives in Sussex, England.
"'The Complete fairy Tales of Charles Perrault"' is her first book for Clarion.


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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     This book yields a wide variety of stories about ballet, by many different authors. Some of the stories did not really interest me, as I prefer books that are written by experienced dancers, but a worthwhile read all the same! Buy it!

  •     On my way to West Virginia flying alone I read this book it kept me going for hours. I didn't want to put it down! It has such wonderful stories in it and since I love the world of dance especially ballet(which I've been doing for 9 years.) If anyone knows where I can locate other books like this email me!

  •     This book is a treasure trove of stories! Inspiring to the young dancer, it is also interesting to the non dancer. It compiles some of the best stories ever written about ballet


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