Monday, December 14, 2015

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder - ESSENTIAL

Snyder, Laurel  Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova Illustrated by Julie Morstad  Chronicle Books, 2015.  $17.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.  

Anna went to the ballet one snowy night with her mother.  She would never be the same after.  Although Anna was smaller than other dancers, she was determined to become a ballerina.  After she is finally allowed into the ballet school, she has to work hard and other dancers make fun of her for her small size, but she overcomes it all to become a famous dancer.  She takes her love of dancing around the world and encourages others to dance.  

This is an excellent and artistic biography of Anna Pavlova.  The book covers from the time Anna found ballet until she passes away.  The illustrations are captivating.  There is an author’s note at the end that gives more detail into Anna’s life.  This is an inspiring story and a great addition to your library.   

EL (K-3), EL- ESSENTIAL,  MS-ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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