Childrens Books Ann Morris Dancing to America

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Dancing to America

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9780525451280: Dancing to America

Profiles Anton Pankevich, a talented sixteen-year-old student at the School of American Ballet in New York City, chronicling his journey from Russia to America with his family, his adjustment to a new society, and his dancing.

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Grade 2-5-This beautifully photographed, informative book tells the story of Anton Pankevich, a Russian ballet dancer, and his immigration to the U.S. at the age of 12. Morris chronicles the boy's life in Leningrad, his study at the Vaganova Academy, and his decision to seek freedom of expression in America. An interesting author's note tells of the political and social climate in Anton's homeland before and after his departure. Also described are his travels around this country and his acceptance into the School of American Ballet in New York. Kolnik's lovely full-color photographs show the young dancer not only at ballet class, but also in school at the Professional Children's School, at home, seeing the sights, and even at play in the park. The culminating pictures of him performing in The Nutcracker at the State University of New York convey the excitement and emotion of a young person fully dedicated to his art. An excellent companion to Morris's On Their Toes (Atheneum, 1991).
Robin Works Davis, Hurst Public Library, TX
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-5. This photo-essay introduces 16-year-old Anton Pankevich, a Russian immigrant studying at the School of American Ballet in New York City. The text tells of his Russian ballet school, his parents' decision to move to the U.S., his family's experiences living here, his love of dancing, and his American ballet training. While part of Anton's story reflects that of other immigrants, the ballet theme is the strongest part of the book, and young dancers will probably be its audience. Clear, full-color photographs show Anton at home, at school, at play, in dance classes, and (once) in performance. The photos taken of Anton and his family outside the studio often have a staged, self-conscious quality reminiscent of family snapshots, though the many shots of Anton in class give a powerful sense of the personalities, activities, and dynamics of the dance studio. Recommended for larger collections. Carolyn Phelan

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