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Swan : The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
by Laurel Snyder and Julie Morstad


Overview - "Spare, poetic words sit as lightly as snowflakes." Wall Street Journal
"An enchanting glimpse of a dancer whose name has come to be synonymous with her most famous role." School Library Journal, starred review

One night, young Anna's mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed.
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Overview
"Spare, poetic words sit as lightly as snowflakes." Wall Street Journal
"An enchanting glimpse of a dancer whose name has come to be synonymous with her most famous role." School Library Journal, starred review

One night, young Anna's mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, inspiring legions of dancers after her: the brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova is a heartbreakingly beautiful picture book biography perfect for aspiring ballerinas of all ages."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781452118901
  • ISBN-10: 1452118906
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 52
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Performing Arts
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Performing Arts - Dance

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-07-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

In spare, verselike prose, Snyder follows the life of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova from her artistic awakening as a dancer to the height of her fame and her death in 1931. Morstad gives Pavlova the grace of a porcelain doll, whether she is dancing as she hangs clothing on a line (“Shirt, shirt, laundry./ Shirt, shirt, laundry”), honing her craft after being admitted to the Imperial Ballet School, or performing her signature role in The Dying Swan. Snyder emphasizes Pavlova’s determination and hard work throughout, as well as her belief that “ballet was for everyone” (“When people throw flowers, Anna tosses them back”). An author’s note expands on biographical details hinted at in this tender, delicate recounting. Ages 5–8. Author’s agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. Illustrator’s agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Aug.)

 
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