Monday, 28 February 2011
I'm always trawling second hand shops for inspiring books and records and was really pleased to find these two gems. I haven't played these 10 inch discs yet, but I just love the vintage covers. Casse-Noisette is The Nutcracker of course, the story of the next Ella Bella book, which I'll be working on in the autumn, in the run up to Christmas!
The other is a cover for the Firebird, a tale I have retold often and for many years, indeed a version was included in my own book, Koshka's Tales, in 1993. It is one of my favourite stories, although I prefer the original tale to the ballet scenario, which is shortened considerably. Nevertheless, I fevervently hope - indeed will insist - that Ella should one day meet the fabulous flaming Firebird in a book!