Ella Bella captures all the festive sparkle of Christmas with this glorious introduction to The Nutcracker ballet
James Mayhew studied at Maidstone College of Art and his first children's book, Katie's Picture Show was published in 1989. It's been firmly in print ever since, recognised universally as the original and best introduction to art for children. Many more titles have followed, and the series sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met in New York, to the Uffizi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris and beyond. He is also the creator of the much-loved Ella Bella Ballerina series, and many other titles. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performed in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and live art. From Peter and the Wolf, to Scheherazade, James has worked internationally with many different orchestras and musicians, creating illustrations in time to music. James grew up in Suffolk but now lives in Hertfordshire.
PreS-Gr 3-Ella Bella is back for another ballet adventure, courtesy of Madame Rosa's magical music box. The students are enchanted by their teacher's story about The Nutcracker ballet. After class, she surprises them with a party. Ella Bella goes to fetch the music box and finds Clara sleeping under the Christmas tree. Off they go to Nutcracker land, where they battle the Mouse King, help save the kingdom, and enjoy the hospitality of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ella Bella fans will find the format familiar, and young ballet enthusiasts will enjoy Mayhew's line illustrations in pink, blue, red, and green paints and pastels. The artist depicts a multicultural class, with a token boy included, to appeal to a wide audience, and his easy-to-read adaptation of this timeless Christmas story makes it accessible to another generation of readers. End matter includes a helpful one-page history of the ballet and its composer. Even collections that have other versions of The Nutcracker may want to add this one, especially where Ella Bella has a fan base.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The classic Christmas ballet is brought to life for young children through Ella Bella's latest magical adventure as she twirls into the enchanting world of The Nutcracker. - BooksellerYoung dance enthusiasts can discover the magic of famous ballets with the charming Ella Bella Ballerina. - Harrods Xmas Wish ListA book to treasure. - Angels & UrchinsA must-read. - The School RunThe latest in the enchanting Ella Bella series. - Baby & MeThe latest in a charming series where Ella Ballerina is introduced to classical ballets. An enchanting Christmas classic for little girls who love to dance. - Newcastle JournalIrresistible! - Cork Evening EchoA gloriously Christmassy theme with dancing snowflakes and, of course, the sugar plum fairy. - Dublin Sunday Independent