Presenting Tanya, the Ugly Duckling

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When Tanya's ballet teacher, Miss Foley, chooses her to dance the lead in the spring recital of The Ugly Duckling, Tanya wonders, Why? Right from the start, rehearsing is hard. Tanya feels clumsy. "Poor Tanya," she hears someone whisper, "she really is an ugly duckling." She wonders if she will ever get the dance right. It is at the dress rehearsal that she truly becomes the duckling, and in becoming the duckling, rises magically to her role as...
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Overview

When Tanya's ballet teacher, Miss Foley, chooses her to dance the lead in the spring recital of The Ugly Duckling, Tanya wonders, Why? Right from the start, rehearsing is hard. Tanya feels clumsy. "Poor Tanya," she hears someone whisper, "she really is an ugly duckling." She wonders if she will ever get the dance right. It is at the dress rehearsal that she truly becomes the duckling, and in becoming the duckling, rises magically to her role as the ballerina swan.

With Satomi Ichikawa's shimmering pastel watercolors, Patricia Lee Gauch's newest story of the littlest dancer is a multi-layered testament to the swan waiting to emerge within each of us.

When she has trouble mastering her dance steps in the part of the Ugly Duckling for the spring ballet recital, Tanya is discouraged and fears that she has much in common with the character.

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Girls who imagine themselves in tights and tutus will find satisfaction in this charming episode in the life of Tanya, a young dancer. Author, Patricia Lee Gauch studied ballet and knows the positions and attitudes that Tanya should take. Tanya feels clumsy, and is at times convinced that she really is the ugly duckling. But all true thespians know that practice makes perfect, and soon, Tanya (with the help of their teacher), is not playing a role. She becomes the ugly duckling turned into a swan. Ichikawa's paintings dance with energy and balletic poses.
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K-Gr 3Another lovely story about the young ballet student that will appeal to children who feel left out or unable to accomplish as much as their peers. In Tanyas sixth picture-book appearance, she is selected to dance the title role in The Ugly Duckling ballet at her school recital. As the children rehearse, the other pupils improve, but Tanya, who feels as though she has two left feet and no wings at all, cant seem to get the movements right. Finally, at the dress rehearsal, the music, the costumes, and the drama transform her into the Ugly Duckling and Tanya is ready to perform. The expressive watercolor paintings, many of them wordless double-page spreads, capture all of the beauty of a ballet performance. As Miss Foley tells the story to the dancers, small paintings set above the text reflect the events she describes, showing a scrawny chick that blossoms into a graceful swan. Tanyas poses, motions, and emotions echo those of the duckling. In all of the paintings, Ichikawa makes effective use of line and shadow to create the illusion of movement and mood. Take a bow, Tanya!Susan Pine, New York Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399232008
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.84 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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