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Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by…

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

by Laurel Snyder

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Summary: Anna is a Russian girl and she lived in a hard life with her mother in rural area. One day, her mother took her to a theatre and she heard music and watched the dancers step out onto the stage for the first time. Ane then her life was changed and she knew what she wanted to do with ger life, she decided to be a ballet dancer. She worked hard, and reinforced her ballet shoes to help her stay up on her toes (In fact, the shoes dancers wear today are modeled after the shoes Anna constructed for herself). In the end, she finally became the lead role in all the great ballets.
Genre: Biography
Age app: Primary, middle school
Media: ink, gouache, graphite, pencil, and crayon ( )
  carolinechen0608 | Apr 9, 2017 |
Age Appropraiteness:5 - 8 years
Review:This is a graceful picture book about the one of the famous Ballerinas in the world. I like both the picture and the text there. It is like a beautiful poem.Anna Pavlova was born in Czarist Russia,the daughter of a laundry woman,she is not rich by any means and her body wasn't considered ideal at that time. She was slim and had a bad back.but she miraculously became a prima ballerina, a woman who transformed ballet, who brought this beautiful art to the masses. It is so touching and sweet.One can almost feel Anna’s emotions as she becomes that ballerina she so longed to be when she was that little girl dreaming by the window.
It is a biography because it is a form of non-fiction that is based on the life of Anna Pavlova.It is also published about notable people in notable fields. ( )
  kliu16 | Feb 23, 2017 |
Poetically written and beautifully illustrated book about the life of Anna Pavlova! The book is inspirational to young people and heart-warming for all ages. Both the illustrations and the text flow and dance through the pages.
  SNML | Feb 9, 2017 |
This book tells the story of Anna Pavlova who become one of the most famous prima ballerina of all time. As a little girl her mother takes her to the ballet, and everything changes for her. The pictures are beautiful and how they design the words around the pictures was very beautiful. The story is told in prose, so it was really beautiful and could be a good example of this to read to your class. ( )
  epatt14 | Nov 21, 2016 |
The illustrations in the book were rendered in ink, gauche, graphite, pencil, and crayon. I am not sure what all the entails but the drawings in the book at beautiful. They are effortless and delicate and match the delicacy of the story.
  katiegotur | Aug 7, 2016 |
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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.
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