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Aug 10

Review: Magic Ballerina series by Darcey Bussell

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Magic Ballerina series by Darcey BussellDelphie and the Magic Ballet Shoes by Darcey Bussell
Series: The Magic Ballerina #1
Published by HarperCollins Children's on 2008
Genres: fiction, junior fiction
Pages: 94
Source: ARC received from publisher
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Budding young ballerinas can join Delphie and Rosa as they discover the magic ballet shoes for the very first time, in this bind-up of the stories that introduced each of these ballerinas Delphie's greatest dream is to become a ballerina, and she can't quite believe it when she is invited to join the new ballet school. But there is more to Madame Zarakova's than it at first seems, and with the help of some very special ballet shoes, Delphie finds herself spinning into a whole new world. In the second story, Rosa knows that her new red ballet shoes are special, but she soon discovers that they are magical when she is whirled into Enchantia! On her very first adventure, can Rosa free the swan princess from King Rat's curse?

If you have a child that enjoys the Daisy Meadows Rainbow Magic stories and Emma Thomson’s Felicity Wishes, they are sure to love these lovely books by British prima ballerina Darcey Bussell.

The first six books in the series, released in 2008, feature Delphie and her adventures in the magical land of Enchantia. Enchantia is the home to characters from famous ballets including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker, Aurelia and the fairy godmother. When there is trouble in Enchantia, Delphie puts on her magic red ballet shoes and she is transported to the magical land so that she can help the troubled ballet characters.

At the end of the series, Delphie hands her ballet slippers on to Rosa, who then features as the heroine of the second series of six books. The stories also include details of the girls’ ballet classes and each book finishes with instructions for a ballet dance step or position. A third series of six titles, featuring Holly as the central character, will be available in late 2009.

I found these books delightful and my daughter has loved reading them. The information about classic ballets and their characters as well as the ballet class scenes and dance steps give these stories an added attraction for readers with an interest in dancing. Darcey Bussell’s passion for ballet comes through clearly in the stories and this also gives the stories an added depth in comparison to similar stories for this age group.

Current Magic Ballerina titles:

  • Delphie and the Magic Ballet Shoes
  • Delphie and the Magic Spell
  • Delphie and the Masked Ball
  • Delphie and the Glass Slippers
  • Delphie and the Fairy Godmother
  • Delphie and the Birthday Show
  • Rosa and the Secret Princess
  • Rosa and the Golden Bird
  • Rosa and the Magic Moonstone
  • Rosa and the Special Prize
  • Rosa and the Magic Dream
  • Rosa and the Three Wishes

Suitable for readers aged 6+ years.

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