~I received Ella Bella Ballerina and The Magic Toyshop for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Ella Bella is back in the latest title in the Ella Bella Ballerina book series for kids ages 4 to 8. This time she’s about to teach children some lessons in love, dreams, and perseverance!
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.
James Mayhew is an award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including the popular Ella Bella Ballerina series. His special love for opera and ballet is reflected in many of his stories and illustrations. He lives with his wife and son in Letchworth Garden City, England.
Lil Sis is my little ballerina and she takes ballet classes once a week. She loves talking about how graceful ballet makes her and she will happily give you a twirl if you ask her. She of course LOVES to read books about ballerinas because they are “like her.” The Ella Bella Ballerina series is pretty awesome as the stories are enjoyable to read and the illustrations perfectly compliment the story. In this dancing tale we see Ella Bella and magical dancing dolls! Ella Bella is transported to a toy shop and she is in awe with the beautiful dancing dolls that she sees. She can’t bare the thought of the toy maker splitting an especially amazing set to separate families. Ella Bella with the help of the other dolls hatches a plan to try and keep the magical pair together. A sweet story for little ballerinas everywhere.
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