CriticasGr 2-6-A project of the Metropolitan Museum of Art about the life of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this book displays the same care that the museum puts into its exhibits. Pavlova describes her first visit to the ballet with her mother to see Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. As they arrive at the theater her mother tells her, "Estas a punto de entrar en el reino de la magia" ("You are about to enter a magic kingdom"), and this feeling of theatrical magic pervades the book. The first-person narrative feels formal, yet it effectively conveys the story. Mendo's translation is easy to read and the language flows well. The carefully chosen paintings by Edgar Degas that accompany the story also contribute to the wonder. A helpful afterword fills in more details of Pavlova's life and also provides information about Degas. A lovely marriage of text and fine art, this book is recommended for libraries collecting Spanish-language nonfiction.
Tim Wadham, Maricopa Cty. Lib. District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.