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Ballerina Swan

Ballerina Swan

by Allegra Kent
     
 
From her pond in the city park, sophie, a swan, loves to watch the dancers in Madam Myrtle's Studio. She longs to join them, but Madam shoos her away. Then one day a much jollier teacher, Miss Willow, comes to class. Although Sopie is feathered, winged, and webbed, Miss Willow permits her to stay. When the school performs Swan Lake, the part of the swan seems

Overview

From her pond in the city park, sophie, a swan, loves to watch the dancers in Madam Myrtle's Studio. She longs to join them, but Madam shoos her away. Then one day a much jollier teacher, Miss Willow, comes to class. Although Sopie is feathered, winged, and webbed, Miss Willow permits her to stay. When the school performs Swan Lake, the part of the swan seems perfect for Sophie--but she can only hope she'll make the cast.

Two great artists have created an inspiring character who, in spite of obstacles, pursues her passion and realizes her dream.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Sophie, a cygnet, courageously leaves her park pond to struggle upstairs to the dance studio that has entranced her. She attempts to join the class pliés, but is shooed away by hatchet-faced Madam Myrtle. A new teacher is more accepting of Sophie's attempts, praising her grand jeté and working with her webbed turnout. Difficult auditions for a performance of Swan Lake seem to turn out badly until Madam Myrtle points out a special role that has been created for Sophie, whose commitment is rewarded by a stellar performance. McCully's famed delicate pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork is an ideal match for the topic. The artist balances the comic (Sophie using an Ipod for practice) with the sublime; the swan's final jump is utterly lovely. A variety of dancers, including males, appears in the troupe, but none will win hearts as quickly as the titular character.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
A beautiful swan realizes her dream of dancing when cast in Swan Lake. Sophie is a city swan who watches children in a ballet studio with great longing. She flies in and, after an initial rebuke, summons her courage to return. A new teacher and the students now welcome her as one of their own. Well almost. Sophie's long neck gives her a naturally elegant line, but her webbed feet make turnout difficult. Then a choreographer creates a special role for Sophie in an end-of-year student performance, and she literally soars to fame as a swan princess. Kent was an acclaimed dancer with New York City Ballet, and in this, her first book for children, she captures the workings of a ballet class with both authority and tenderness. McCully, a Caldecott medalist, uses watercolors and pen-and-ink for delicate and detailed paintings. Sophie is imbued with a winning personality. In a series of close-ups, she displays her determination to hone her technique and style, a drive matched by that of the students, who show off some of the classic Swan Lake moments to great effect--notably the dance for the four cygnets. An enchanting tale for all, especially for lovers of ballet. Read the story, play the music and applaud. (Picture book. 3-8)
Pamela Paul
This is Kent's first book for children, and it charms. Readers will root for the undaunted Sophie…McCully's expressive pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures capture the full range of young-dancer experience: the scrupulous repetition of classroom exercises, the hope and fear of auditions, the anxiety and anticipation of waiting for a cast list to be posted and, on performance day, the bliss of stepping out into the lights.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423736
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
558,246
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Emily Arnold McCully draws upon her passion for ballet to create exquisite paintings for this enchanting story.

Allegra Kent, one of the New York City Ballet's most celebrated ballerinas, danced many roles created for her by George Balanchine, as well as the role of Odette in Swan Lake, She lives in New York City.

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