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Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaireby Roxane Orgill, Stephane Jorisch
In 1905, four-and-a-half-year-old Fred Astaire put on his first pair of dancing shoes — and from that moment, his life was filled with singing, dancing, and fancy footwork. Fred’s older sister, Adele, was the real dancer, but Fred worked/b>
Follow the footsteps of two persevering siblings who danced their way into a cherished place in the spotlight.
In 1905, four-and-a-half-year-old Fred Astaire put on his first pair of dancing shoes — and from that moment, his life was filled with singing, dancing, and fancy footwork. Fred’s older sister, Adele, was the real dancer, but Fred worked hard to get all the steps just right, and it wasn’t long before he was the one capturing headlines and stealing the show. In this fascinating story of child stars who hoof their way to knockout success on Broadway and beyond, Roxane Orgill and Stéphane Jorisch team up for a bravura performance, capturing the sophistication, fluidity, and grace of two of the biggest names in dance history.
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In 1905, when Fred Astaire was five and his sister, Adele, was seven, they traveled with their mother from Nebraska to New York City so that they could attend dancing school. After only one year, their teacher put them in a show. Next thing they knew, they were in vaudeville and traveling by train with only each other as friends. Although they went through some tough times, they persisted and finally were offered a Broadway show. They wowed crowds in New York and London until Adele married an English nobleman and gave up performing. Fred continued on and became a movie star. This picture-book biography highlights the youthful years of the two talented siblings. The pleasantly written text and appealing, detailed ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations provide a charming glimpse into the world of vaudeville and show the hard work and talent that was needed for Fred, in particular, to become one of the most renowned dancers of the 20th century.
Carol ScheneCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.12(w) x 10.91(h) x 0.39(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Roxane Orgill is an award-winning writer whose music reviews and articles have appeared in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, the NEW YORK TIMES, and BILLBOARD. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Stéphane Jorisch has illustrated many books for children, including Lewis Carroll’s JABBERWOCKY, ANANCY AND THE HAUNTED HOUSE: AN ORIGINAL STORY, and I REMEMBER MISS PERRY. He lives in Montréal.
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