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Swan : the life and dance of Anna Pavlova

by Snyder, Laurel,

Format: Print Book 2015
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"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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The daughter of a laundress, young Anna Pavlova had few opportunities to see ballet, but they were enough to fill her with wonder and an unwavering longing to dance. Written in spare, evocative text, the narrative follows Anna's life as she studies at the Imperial Ballet School, becomes a beloved famous dancer, and travels the world to share her love of ballet. The graceful illustrations illuminate the text and capture Pavlova's essence beautifully. Simple line drawings evoke an earlier age, and Morstad deftly uses fine details to capture the time period. Thoughtful palette choices mirror tone and setting: the bright colors of India, the drab surroundings of her childhood apartment, and the rich but subdued curtains of the stage. The author takes special care to emphasize Anna's belief that hard work is the foundation of success, but also that ballet was for everyone, not just the elite. The author's note sheds light on Pavlova's motivation and includes fascinating tidbits about dancers' lives in Russia. A short bibliography is also included.--Hayes, Summer Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Pavlova, Anna, -- 1881-1931 -- Juvenile literature.
Pavlova, Anna, -- 1881-1931.
Ballerinas -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Ballerinas -- Russia (Federation)
Publisher San Francisco :2015
Contributors Morstad, Julie, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781452118901
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