Academic journal article Language Arts

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Academic journal article Language Arts

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

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Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova Written by Laurel Snyder Illustrated by Julie Morstad Chronicle, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4521-1890-1

Snow is everywhere the night Anna first attends the ballet, and as the scenes of Sleeping Beauty surround her, she is awakened to the beauty of the dance and her own dream to become a ballerina. Too young to enter ballet school, Anna dances at home, swaying, stretching, dipping, and spinning through daily chores, the rhythm of the dance a part of all she does. "Shirt, shirt, laundry. Shirt, shirt, laundry." Despite her small size, her thin legs, and her frail figure, Anna's grace and natural talent propel her to stardom. She is no longer tiny Anna, but instead "a bird in flight, a whim of wind and water. Quiet feathers in a big loud world. Anna is the swan."

Snyder's picturebook biography of the life and dance career of Anna Pavlova is tenderly told and exquisitely crafted, each line evoking the grace of the ballet and Pavlova's lifelong love affair with dancing. …

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