I Dreamed I Was A Ballerina

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Every girl remembers her first trip to the ballet: the anticipation beforehand, the orchestra's first notes, the ethereal beauty of the ballerinas. This is a tale of one such girl who was caught up in ballet's mesmerizing spell and became one of the greatest ballerinas of all time.

In a story drawn from her memoirs, Anna Pavlova describes her first visit to the ballet to see the Sleeping Beauty. With simple, childlike language, she captures her love for her mother, the splendor ...

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Every girl remembers her first trip to the ballet: the anticipation beforehand, the orchestra's first notes, the ethereal beauty of the ballerinas. This is a tale of one such girl who was caught up in ballet's mesmerizing spell and became one of the greatest ballerinas of all time.

In a story drawn from her memoirs, Anna Pavlova describes her first visit to the ballet to see the Sleeping Beauty. With simple, childlike language, she captures her love for her mother, the splendor of the ballet, and the moments that changed her life. The words are matched with paintings, pastels, and drawings of the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, to give this story all the magic of a fairytale.

Complete with short biographies of Pavlova and Degas, I Dreamed I Was a Ballerina will delight any child with ballerina dreams.

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The magic of royalty and ballet combine against an Edgar Degas backdrop for Anna Pavlova's I Dreamed I Was a Ballerina. Using simple language, the Russian dancer vividly describes the pleasure, awe and inspiration drawn from Sleeping Beauty, her first glimpse of the ballet. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Here is a story of hope, a message of a dream fulfilled¾the childhood dream of Anna Pavlova that became reality. From the humblest and poorest of beginnings, Anna's mother still made provisions to provide special treats for her daughter. One such luxury was a visit to the theater to the ballet "Sleeping Beauty"—a favorite of Anna's. Great anticipation followed by extreme excitement is obviously felt by Anna, as her mother announces, "You are going to enter fairyland." How appropriate for the prelude to any ballet or theater performance, even today. Anna realizes her hearts desire right there. So begins the dream of Anna Pavlova. Added dimension is provided by the illustrations of French Impressionist, Edgar Degas. Sparse text is attractively contrasted by his detailed paintings and drawings. One can feel the drab coldness of Anna's neighborhood as well as sense the exuberance of the dancers and audience during a performance. A perfect gift for potential dancers of any age, lovers of impressionism, or anyone who has a dream that seems impossible. 2001, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young AGES: 4 5 6 7 8
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K-Gr 2-The story of the famous early-20th-century ballerina, drawn from Pavlova's memoir, Pages of My Life (Michel de Brunoff, 1922; o.p.). Although very poor, her widowed mother was able to take young Anna to a performance of Sleeping Beauty. It had a profound effect upon the child and her dream from that moment on was to become a ballerina and perform in that same theater-the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg. The language of the text is highly stylized, formal, and spare, albeit appropriate both for the story it tells and for the time in which it was originally told. The few sentences per page are dramatically illustrated by the paintings of Degas, and the selections for this text artfully enhance the words with their beauty. There is a pleasing variety of subjects (including musicians and audiences) and perspectives (dancers up close and from afar, in class, and on stage), and text and illustration are in a balanced counterpoint. A lovely pairing occurs when Pavlova's words about her newly discovered passion for ballet appear next to a pencil sketch of a young girl practicing at the bar. This understated moment is followed by a wordless full-spread presentation of The Dance Class, an exuberant painting of ballerinas, color, movement, and anticipation. The contrast is breathtaking. End notes provide more details about Pavlova's life and about Degas's ballet-inspired art.-Dorian Chong, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A lovely conceit, sure to appeal to youngsters who dream of dancing. Using the words of the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova, the text tells the story, in the first person, of her first visit to the theater to see the ballet, a birthday gift from her mother. She was utterly dazzled by seeing Sleeping Beauty danced to the music of Tchaikovsky. "As soon as the orchestra began to play, I became very grave and attentive, eagerly listening, moved for the first time in my life by the call of Beauty." She vowed to dance upon the stage at that very theater, and indeed she did. Pavlova's words are matched to a number of Degas's paintings of dancers, musicians, and figure studies. Author's notes offer background on Pavlova, who died in 1931, and a brief paragraph on Degas, who died in 1917. They most likely never met, though Degas might have seen her perform in Paris. No matter, the spirit that moved them both is apparent in this charming coupling. (picture notes, source notes) (Picture book. 4-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689846762
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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