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Swan Lake

Margot Fonteyn; Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky; Illustrator-Trina Schart Hyman

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ISBN 10: 0152006001 / ISBN 13: 9780152006006
Published by Harcourt Childrens Books (J), 1989
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Title: Swan Lake

Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J)

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Library Binding

Book Condition:Used: Good

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A prince's love for a swan queen overcomes an evil sorcerer's spell in this fairy tale adaptation of the classic ballet.

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Grade 2-6-- Fonteyn's affection for Swan Lake is clear, especially in the interesting performance notes at the end of the book which include a sharp reminder to today's performers that Odette is more woman than swan. Although written in narrative form, the story of the doomed lovers and the evil magician is told with an eye on stage. The settings are described, the characters' movements are motivated, and the plot unfolds to its inevitable tragic conclusion. Unfortunately, Fonteyn does not trust the impact of the story and ends it with one of the rescued swan maidens spelling out the moral that "the power of real love is greater than all the forces of evil added together." Hyman's lush illustrations heighten the romance in night scenes awash in soft blues that contrast with the reality of the daytime and indoor scenes which almost glare with shades of yellow with green and red highlights. The idealized characters float through the tale in their good and evil forms. Details such as jewelry worn by the women of the court, wall sconces, and the ominous cloud formations contribute to the fairy tale atmosphere. Still available are Donna Diamond's Swan Lake (Holiday, 1980), a well-written full version with very ethereal gray and white illustrations, and Anthea Bell's more terse Swan Lake (Picture Book Studio, 1986) with watercolor illustrations by Chihiro Iwasaki. Many versions of the ballet plot are available in collections. This new Swan Lake , with its sophisticated color and design, picture book format, and straightforward telling, will appeal to a wide age range. --Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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