Author(s): James Mayhew (Illustrator)
Christmas is coming, and Madame Rosa has prepared a surprise party for her ballet class. "Ella Bella, would you fetch the music box?" asks Madame Rosa. "Then we can have some dancing at our party." As the music begins playing, little Ella Bella is magically transported into the enchanting, festive world of The Nutcracker ballet. There, she meets the beautiful Clara and her wooden Nutcracker doll. Together, Ella and Clara must fight off the evil Mouse King so they can break the evil spell that has transformed a handsome prince into the Nutcracker doll. When the spell is broken and the prince comes to life, he leads Clara and Ella to a magic forest where they dance to the music of the famous Nutcracker ballet. On the last page of this beautifully illustrated story, young readers learn about the origins of The Nutcracker ballet, its music written in 1892 by the composer Piotr Tchaikovsky for Russia's famous Imperial Ballet.
Ella Bella captures all the festive sparkle of Christmas with this glorious introduction to The Nutcracker ballet
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. -- Bookseller Young dance enthusiasts can discover the magic of famous ballets with the charming Ella Bella Ballerina. -- Harrods Xmas Wish List A book to treasure. -- Angels & Urchins A must-read. -- The School Run The latest in the enchanting Ella Bella series. -- Baby & Me The 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 Journal Irresistible! -- Cork Evening Echo
James created his first Katie book Katie's Picture Show over twenty years ago as a way to share his enthusiasm for art with children. His series of Katie books are much-loved and respected as an early introduction to art. Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty was James's first title featuring the adorable ballerina, which was quickly followed by the glorious Ella Bella and Cinderella and Ella Bella and Swan Lake. All three titles have been illustrated using the same delightfully retro art style. James lives in Letchworth, Hertfordshire with his wife and son.