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Harcourt Brace, Aug 4, 1998 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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A dollmaker cleverly schemes to pass his most beautiful doll off as a real girl, but he is outwitted by the townspeople he tries to deceive.

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User Review  - jaelynculliford - LibraryThing

This book is a retelling of coppelia ballet. It's a lovely book with colorful pictures and a fairytale theme. The story begins with a dollmaker creating his best creation ever and his dream to make ... Read full review

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

When a lonely man who creates animated dolls becomes obsessed with his latest creation, he goes too far in his pursuit to make her alive and real. Prominently displaying the lovely doll in his front ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Born in Reigate, England, Margot Fonteyn (the stage name of Margaret Hookham) is thought by many critics to have been the best British dancer of the mid-twentieth century. Fonteyn began her career as a snowflake in a production of The Nutcracker with the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1931. She remained with this company, which later became the Royal Ballet, for her entire career. In 1935 she performed her first important role with the company as the lead in a revival of Frederick Ashton's Rio Grande. She created many roles with Ashton, including Le Baiser de la Fee (1935), The Haunted Ballroom (1939), Symphonic Variations (1946), and The Fairy Queen (1946). Fonteyn eventually became the Royal Ballet's foremost prima ballerina. Especially notable was her partnering with Rudolph Nureyev during a creative partnership that became legendary. An expressive, versatile performer, Fonteyn was the first ballerina of international status developed by a British ballet school and company.

Johnson travels and teaches, offering private consulting in the use of flower essences for animal care.

Maya Angelou is a poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, which began with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," she has also written five poetry collections, a cookbook, and the celebrated poem "On the Pulse of Morning," which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton. She lives in North Carolina.
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have collaborated on many award-winning and "New York Times "bestselling picture books, including "My Many Colored Days "by Dr. Seuss, "New York's Bravest "by Mary Pope Osborne, "The Velveteen Rabbit "by Margery Williams, "The Cheese "by Margie Palatini, "The Boy on Fairfield Street "by Kathleen Krull, and "Star Climbing,

German writer, composer, and painter ErnstTheodor Amadeus Hoffman was born in Konigsberg, Prussia in 1776. After beginning a career in the law, Hoffman turned to music, working as a conductor, music director, and critic, and later composing a ballet, an opera, and other works. He established himself as a writer with the four-volume story collection Phatasiestucke in Callier Manier (Fantasy Stories in the Manner of Callot), which was published in 1814-1815. Even though he published several novels and story collections, including Nachtstucke (Hoffman's Strange Stories, 1817) and Die Serapionsbruder (The Serapion Brethren, 1819-1821), Hoffman continued to support himself as a legal official in Berlin. This struggle between artistry and bureaucracy is played out in many of his works. Hoffman died of progressive paralysis in 1822.

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