Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and Degas

Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and Degas

by Carolyn Vaughan, Rachel Isadora
     
 

In this invitation to ballet, young readers learn all about what happens in ballet class. Works of art by French impressionist Edgar Degas bring the ballet vividly to life, while illustrations by Rachel Isadora picture modern-day girls and boys practicing ballet positions and steps. Complete with a brief history of ballet and a biography of Edgar Degas,

Overview

In this invitation to ballet, young readers learn all about what happens in ballet class. Works of art by French impressionist Edgar Degas bring the ballet vividly to life, while illustrations by Rachel Isadora picture modern-day girls and boys practicing ballet positions and steps. Complete with a brief history of ballet and a biography of Edgar Degas, Invitation to Ballet is sure to delight every child who dreams of one day becoming a world-class dancer.

Praise for Invitation to Ballet
"The real treat is seeing Isadora’s picture-book portraits of students juxtaposed with the ethereal works of Edgar Degas, the 19th-century master of ballet painting."
New York Times

"This beautifully illustrated volume offers young dancers an introduction to ballet. Isadora’s pencil-and-watercolor illustrations give the book enormous child appeal while visually defining the terms for positions and movements students will learn in class. A captivating invitation to the beauty of ballet."
Booklist

"This beautifully illustrated book is an introduction to ballet enhanced by the accompanying paintings of Edgar Degas."
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–6—This glimpse into the world of ballet delicately balances pertinent information and the visual magic of art form. Isadora's graceful, contemporary illustrations depict young people demonstrating the movements that are the language and foundation of ballet. To capture its timelessness, the book includes large full-color reproductions of famous paintings by Edgar Degas throughout. From getting ready to dance to the performance, all of the images complement the text with a soft but colorful palette, and the overall layout is appealing. A brief history of ballet, a description of famous ballets, and biographical information on Degas are included. This introduction would make a fine addition to any collection.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
Pamela Paul
The real treat is seeing [Rachel] Isadora's picture-book portraits of students juxtaposed with the ethereal works of Edgar Degas, the 19th-century master of ballet painting. In Degas's scenes of dancers at the barre, adjusting their tutus, stretching their legs and "floating above the stage," young dancers will no doubt recognize themselves, and come away with a deeper sense of ballet's long tradition.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419702600
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,214,921
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Carolyn Vaughan is an author and former editor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lives in New York City. Rachel Isadora, a former ballerina and a Caldecott Honor–winning creator of children’s books, lives in New York City.

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