Kate Castle 1998
This book covers everything about ballet- the positions, the performance, stage design, costumes, makeup, backstage, dance stars, the history of ballet, the music, etc...
Then we read through the stories of some of the most famous ballets: Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppelia, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. There are all sorts of tidbits about costumes and sets and ballet traditions. The book opens with an introduction by the ballerina Darcy Bussell.
Barbara Newman 1997
illustrated by Gill Tomblin