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For anyone who loves ballet this is a beautifully illustrated quick read telling three popular ballet tales One thing I really appreciated was the illustrator took the time after the story to explain how the pictures represented the ballet and help tell the story. Possibly the best loved of all ballets are Giselle, La Bayad re, 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 Possibly the best loved of all ballets are Giselle, La Bayad re, 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 forests seeking revenge on young men Though she can t change her own fate, she finds a way to save the one she loves.Nikiya is a beautiful temple dancer, a bayad re She fights tradition when she falls in love with the warrior Solor Solor has already been promised to a well born girl, but he risks everything for Nikiya Swan Lake is also about recognizing true love and risking everything for it Prince Siegfried meets Odile by the shores of a mysterious lake and he vows to marry her But Odile is under a curse she must spend every day in the form of a swan and is only human for a few hours during the night If they are to spend eternity together, Siegfried has to find a way to lift the curse.Rajka Kupesic, herself a dancer, has retold the stories and set them against her breathtaking art to create a book to cherish Notes about the ballets are included 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 orinvolved 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 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 orinvolved 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 page paintings and each story also has one two page spread illustration While the dustjacket has a nice picture it is included inside the book and I aminclined to find the picture boardsattractive They are delicately designed with a white on white pattern, gold lettering and a smaller version of another picture found inside the book The endpages again are beautiful, also using a white on white as well as white on silver pattern design This is just the type of book you want to hold and browse through and appreciate.Content wise, the book starts with a brief essay by the author a former ballerina on why she choose to retell these ballet blanc stories and what that means Then we have the three stories wonderfully retold in language any age can enjoy After each story is an About spread where the author tells a brief history of the ballet then goes on to interpret each of the paintings she has included for each story Her paintings do not necessarily illustrate the events of the story butso illustrate the ballet scene and feeling one would see on stage at such a particular point in each piece These sections would not hold the interest of a young child but are a treasure trove for the older reader The combination of stories, background and interpretive information along with the gorgeous artwork make this book truly suitable for any age Highly recommended for anyone who would appreciate the material 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 balle 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 ballet may be confused by the illustrations, and the paintings don t seem to match the purpose of the book to help children learn about the three ballets.Each ballet begins with the story of the ballet, followed by a history of it, along with the author s memories of performing in or seeing the ballet Then she goes on to explain each painting and what she meant by each one, causing the reader to have to frequently flip back and forth through the book.The book offers solid ballet history and information, but the remaining content comes across as a bit of vanity publishing Her paintings, her explanations of her paintings, her experiences dancing the ballets, etc and the odd illustrations and required flipping back and forth to understand them make for a less than ideal book on ballet Children who are interested in dance or who are headed to see the ballet for the first time can find other, better formatted, andclearly written books Reviewed for Puget Sound Council 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 knowabout these popular ballets I wish that there wasdetail about th 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 knowabout these popular ballets I wish that there wasdetail about the actual dance steps and movement that are involved in these pieces rather than such a detailed critic of her own paintings, but the story of them is enjoyable enough and will be of interest to ballerinas 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 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 National Ballet School Zagreb , provides a personalized glimpse into the world of dance performance Her stylized paintings are reminiscent of Russian folk art, and cleverly incorporate elements of the abbreviated re tellings of the ballet librettos Each story is followed by a history of the ballet, along with the author s memories of performing in or attending the ballet She goes on to explain elements of the scenes depicted in the paintings she created for each tale The combination of engaging background and interpretation will be interesting and useful for an older readers, and the artwork and stories, told in fairy tale like language, make this an appealing volume for all ages .DOWNLOAD ♶ The White Ballets ⚑ Possibly the best loved of all ballets are Giselle, La Bayad re, 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 earthIt 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 forests seeking revenge on young men Though she can t change her own fate, she finds a way to save the one she lovesNikiya is a beautiful temple dancer, a bayad re She fights tradition when she falls in love with the warrior Solor Solor has already been promised to a well born girl, but he risks everything for Nikiya Swan Lake is also about recognizing true love and risking everything for it Prince Siegfried meets Odile by the shores of a mysterious lake and he vows to marry her But Odile is under a curse she must spend every day in the form of a swan and is only human for a few hours during the night If they are to spend eternity together, Siegfried has to find a way to lift the curseRajka Kupesic, herself a dancer, has retold the stories and set them against her breathtaking art to create a book to cherish Notes about the ballets are included 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. 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.