Swan, The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

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Swan, The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Chronicle Books,  2015

This poetically written story dances across the page to provide a glimpse into the early life of Anna Pavlova.  A young Russian girl born into a poor family, Anna is taken to a ballet performance. From that night on, she wanted to be a ballerina; she could not stop her body from moving.  She was not made to be a ballerina, her body was thin and frail, with a weak back and severely arched feet.  As a child, she danced continually, she could not stop.  Dancing became her only dream.  Eventually she was accepted into the Imperial Ballet School.   She was a natural ballerina.  When she steps onto the stage in her performance of The Dying Swan, it’s like she sprouts white wings and becomes a swan in a breath-taking performance.  The book contains an author’s note that includes additional biographical information.  The story and notes are a joy to read; inspiring for any young dancer.

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