Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova (Hardcover)

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By Laurel Snyder, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
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You do not need to love ballet to be able to relate to Anna Pavlova, a poor girl from Russia who grew up to be a legendary dancer. Anyone with a dream will be able to understand Anna's passion and admire her determination to not let rejection stop her. Anna also believed in sharing her success- she was one of the few people of the time who believed ballet was for everyone, not just the elite. Julie Morstad's illustrations are simply dazzling and complement Synder's poetic words wonderfully. This book will enchant children and adults alike.

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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.

About the Author

Laurel Snyder is the author of picture books, novels, and several collections of poetry. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied ballet at the Peabody Preparatory, Caryl Maxwell Ballet, and the Cultural Arts Institute. She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she continues to dance, but mostly in her kitchen. Julie Morstad is an award-winning artist who divides her creative energy between drawing, illustration, animation, and design. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781452118901
ISBN-10: 1452118906
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Pages: 52
Language: English