Ella Bella Ballerina and The Magic Toyshop

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The newest title in Barron’s delightful Ella Bella series! In this story, Ella’s ballet teacher, Miss Rosa, tells them the story of La Boutique Fantasque. The story takes place in a toyshop full of dancing dolls, she explains, as she shows them her own collection of dancing dolls and her magical music box. When Ella stays late to help clean up, she finds herself magically transported to a toyshop filled with magical dancing dolls! Ella is thrilled to meet all of the dancing dolls, but she is especially taken with two can-can dancing dolls that are in love. When two different families come to the shop and decide to each buy one of the dolls, the pair are distraught. Now Ella wonders…is there some way to keep them together forever? This charming tale is beautifully illuminated by James Mayhew’s delightful illustrations. A page at the end of the book explains the story behind La Boutique Fantasque for young readers. (Ages 4–8)

About The Author:
James Mayhew
is an award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including the popular Ella Bella Ballerina series. James Mayhew claims that he began writing so that he would have something to illustrate. His special love for opera and ballet is reflected in many of his stories and illustrations. He was born in Blundeston, a tiny village in Suffolk, England, and now lives with his wife and son in Letchworth Garden City, England.

In Emilee’ opinion:

This was the first Ella Bella Ballerina book I’ve read and it was magical. I loved the imagination of Ella Bella and the lesson she learned. She went on an adventure to a toyshop full of dancing dolls. The illustrations were beautiful and the story was definitely one to remember. This book also had an explanation of the story behind La Boutique Fantasque. The ballet is still performed by dance schools and young dancers have the opportunity of performing the full production since it is only one act. I enjoyed reading this book.

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