A Child’s Introduction to Ballet

The first children’s book by author Laura Lee.   Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton

A Child's Introduction to Ballet was created by Laura Lee with technical assistance and advice from Valery Lantratov, the artistic director of the Russian National Ballet foundation, who was awarded Russia's highest artistic honor by President Boris Yeltsin-- the title "People's Artist of Russia."   We believe we have created a book that makes learning about ballet fun for kids.  (And their parents too!)  Beautifully illustrated by Meredith Hamilton, it has illustrated ballet stories, fun facts, dancer biographies and explanations of ballet terminology and positions.  It even comes with a CD with musical selections from the world's great ballets!
A Child's Introduction to the Ballet cover

Here's a sampling of some of the fun facts you will learn with this book:

·    How high can the greatest ballet dancers leap? (Page 27)
·    What famous ballet company was originally made up of orphans? (Page 32)
·    Which popular ballet was a complete FLOP when it was first performed? (Page 37)
·    Name three ballets featuring toys that come to life. (Page 55)
·    Which ballet music sounds as if it was written for stomping giants rather than pretty ballerinas?
      (Page 58)
·    Which famous ballet dancer did a duet with Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show? (Page 81)

How much do you know about ballet?  Test your knowledge with our ballet quiz.

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For even more ballet facts visit Valery Lantratov's blog for interview podcasts, dance history, and stories of the dancer's travels and work teaching ballet.

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