Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kids' Pick ::: Ella Bella Ballerina


Some time ago, I wrote a Kids' Pick post about our love for the books of James Mayhew ... specifically his books about a little girl named Katie and her adventures at the museum as she gets to know famous works of art. I was thrilled to find out recently (via Elizabeth's blog) that Mr. Mayhew has a new series about a little girl names Ella Bella Ballerina! I immediately made plans to get copies of these two Ella books on our recent road trip for my little 3 and 4 year old who are aspiring ballerinas themselves. See Exhibit A:


Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping BeautyElla Bella is a ballet student of Madame Rosa's. One day after class she opens the lid of a magical music box. Out appears a magical fairy that takes Ella to explore the world of a famous ballet. She learns the story behind the ballet and learns a little bit about the composer that created it. 

Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella
Currently, Mr. Mayhew has published Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella and Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty. A new book about the ballet Swan Lake is due to be published the fall and it's already going on my list for a Christmas goodie for one of my girls. Also, from Mr. Mayhew's own Ella Bella blog, I learned that one based on the Nutcracker is also in the works!

As I've said before with other James Mayhew's books, these are well worth the addition to your library and are a great introduction in to the works of famous composers (or artists) for little people. 

Other Kids' Pick posts I have written:

9 comments:

  1. These look like books my Best Girl would LOVE. Thanks for sharing them!

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  2. Cute picture. These do sound like a great way to feed into that ballet interest.

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  3. Oh, those sound super cute! I love that picture as well!

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  4. I'll definitely have to look into these since we have a deficit of real culture in our home! ;-)

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  5. I've never heard of this one! My post is up!

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  6. These look great for my niece. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I don't think my boys would be interested in these :), but I just had to say that the picture of your little girl is absolutely adorable. Love it!

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  8. Oh my- my four year old daughter would LOVE these!!

    -Dawn (5minutesforbooks.com)

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  9. I haven't heard of this series but I'm positive my daughter would enjoy the books. Thanks for the introduction.

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