Swan, The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova













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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