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Enhanced with paintings from Impressionist Edgar Degas, Anna Pavlova's story of becoming a ballerina and her passion toward the dance are expressed in this brilliantly illustrated picture book.
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A young girl's discovery of ballet is combined with the magic of French Impressionist Edgar Degas's paintings to create a story as delicate and lovely as the ballerina herself. Drawn from the 1922 autobiography of prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, this reminiscence tells of her first trip to the ballet to see Sleeping Beauty with her mother. Her youthful words reflect the sweet wonder of the experience, as well as the gentle love between mother and child. The moment the breathless Pavlova voices her desire to dance on the stage one day, followed by her mother's response that she is "her silly little dear," is made all the more poignant by the reader's knowledge that this particular little girl's dream did come true.
Filled with the enchanting details of the ballet, and perfectly accompanied by the famous ballerina paintings of Degas, this is a book to be treasured by dancers, art lovers, and devotees of ballet alike. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie CoulterFrom School Library Journal:
K-Gr 2-The story of the famous early-20th-century ballerina, drawn from Pavlova's memoir, Pages of My Life (Michel de Brunoff, 1922; o.p.). Although very poor, her widowed mother was able to take young Anna to a performance of Sleeping Beauty. It had a profound effect upon the child and her dream from that moment on was to become a ballerina and perform in that same theater-the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg. The language of the text is highly stylized, formal, and spare, albeit appropriate both for the story it tells and for the time in which it was originally told. The few sentences per page are dramatically illustrated by the paintings of Degas, and the selections for this text artfully enhance the words with their beauty. There is a pleasing variety of subjects (including musicians and audiences) and perspectives (dancers up close and from afar, in class, and on stage), and text and illustration are in a balanced counterpoint. A lovely pairing occurs when Pavlova's words about her newly discovered passion for ballet appear next to a pencil sketch of a young girl practicing at the bar. This understated moment is followed by a wordless full-spread presentation of The Dance Class, an exuberant painting of ballerinas, color, movement, and anticipation. The contrast is breathtaking. End notes provide more details about Pavlova's life and about Degas's ballet-inspired art.
Dorian Chong, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, CA
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Book Description Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Edgar Degas (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0689846762
Book Description Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0689846762
Book Description Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110689846762
Book Description Atheneum, 2001. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Edgar Degas (illustrator). First Edition. New First Printing in New jacket. Illustrated with art by Edgar Degas. Seller Inventory # 094422