Ballerina Swan by Allegra Kent
Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:13 AM
Here is the publisher's description:
New York, NY—February 2012. Ballerina Swan, by world-renowned prima ballerina and Balanchine dancer Allegra Kent, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully (Holiday House, April 2012, $16.95), encourages children to pursue their goals with passion and hard work.
Sophie, a swan, loves to watch the dancers in Madam Myrtle’s Dance Studio stretch and turn and leap. She wishes with all her heart to join them; but when she tries, Madam shoos her away. Then one day a new teacher comes to the class; she allows Sophie to stay and encourages her to work hard. This message of perseverance will ring true for children of all ages as the unlikely ballerina achieves her dreams in spite of the odds.
Paired with illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner and ballet enthusiast Emily Arnold McCully, this irresistible story of pursuing one’s passions will have readers cheering for the feathered ballerina. Emily McCully draws upon her enthusiasm for ballet as well as her own artistic talent to create paintings with elegant cityscapes, expressive gestures, and an exquisite swan whose body language communicates hope, shame, dejection, grace, and of course good ballet technique—all attributes with which young readers will identify!
I've just pre-ordered it via our amazon.com box at the bottom of the page. Estimated release date is 20 February 2012.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 01:13 PM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:28 PM
I feel like any more description will be a spoiler.
I think this would be a great present for a child of any age interested in ballet.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:30 AM
Don't know whether this is available online to non-subscribers, but my two favorite bits are:
The effort that Kent put into ballet -- and that her fans ignored, thinking she was an act of God -- is the subject, comically reconceived, of "Ballerina Swan."-
Like most good children's books, "Ballerina Swan" is also a good adult book. "I worked so hard," Kent said. "But then the whole idea of ballet is that the work isn't supposed to show. It should look spontaneous. But you want the effort to show somewhat. You know, passion is also work."
Another review, from the New York Times, is linked by dirac, here. It includes six of the color illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully. Thanks, dirac.
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