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Swan Lake

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Starring Nina Ananiashvili! The Swan Lake ballet-a universal favorite for children and adults alike--is charmingly brought to life through Nancy Ellison's captivating pictures. Photographed in and around Moscow's spectacular Kuskovo Palace, Swan Lake is a wonderful introduction to the beloved story and ballet as well as an enchanting keepsake for aficionados of the bittersweet tale. The ballet comes vividly to life on every page: lonely Prince Siegfried, walking along the shore of the palace, happens upon a group...
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Overview

Starring Nina Ananiashvili! The Swan Lake ballet-a universal favorite for children and adults alike--is charmingly brought to life through Nancy Ellison's captivating pictures. Photographed in and around Moscow's spectacular Kuskovo Palace, Swan Lake is a wonderful introduction to the beloved story and ballet as well as an enchanting keepsake for aficionados of the bittersweet tale. The ballet comes vividly to life on every page: lonely Prince Siegfried, walking along the shore of the palace, happens upon a group of swans transforming into lovely young maidens before his eyes. Siegfried is enchanted with the beauty and grace of the swan queen, Odette. She and her princesses are under the spell of an evil magician, which can only be broken when a prince promises to love her forever. Young readers will follow the story with bated breath as Siegfried promises to marry Odette-but is his love strong enough to break through the magician's spell? 80 pages of photographs in full color, 10 x 9 3/4"

Photographs and text present a retelling of the ballet in which an evil sorcerer attempts to thwart Prince Siegfried's love for Princess Odette.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Photographed on the grounds of Moscow's Kuskovo Palace and featuring prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili and members of the Bolshoi Ballet, this picture book retelling of Tchaikovsky's most famous ballet would seem just the ticket for young balletomanes--and yet serious ballet fans may be the most critical. First, this telling departs from the original, unabashedly letting daylight in upon the magic (the ballet's swans turn into maidens only at night; these swans can also assume human form by the banks of the lake, in daytime). Photos of classically costumed dancers en pointe on grass outdoors may strike purists as more jarring than atmospheric, and the literal-minded staging of the scenes--beside ponds, in gilded state rooms, against palace gardens--overshadows the drama created by the dancers' movements. Disappointingly, several photographs of particularly impressive leaps and poses are bifurcated by the gutter. Meanwhile, the audience for the text is hard to discern. Ephron's storytelling is straightforward enough for young readers, but the cutting-edge type style, with some phrases enlarged, and the book design, with words like "seduction" and "betrayal" and "agony" inserted into the backgrounds, seem geared to the MTV set and may well confuse younger readers. All ages. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-It is a challenge to capture the magic of this ballet through illustrations and photographs without the power of the music and the ephemeral beauty of the dance movements that make it so unforgettable. The creators of this book have tried to capture some of this magic by choosing as the setting the lovely grounds and magnificent buildings of the Kuskovo Palace near Moscow. The outside scenes are attractive with statuary and formal gardens surrounding the dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, but the fact that all of this occurs in the daylight rather than at night on an isolated lake detracts from the haunting sense of enchantment for which Swan Lake is so famous. The scenes at the Grand Ball are much more effective with the opulent costumes of the dancers highlighted by the gold-trimmed palace walls. The story itself is recounted in a straightforward fashion, and the full-color, mostly full-page photos are clear and detailed. However, the slightly enlarged print at the beginning and/or end of certain passages is distracting. This book's appeal will be limited to devotees of ballet, who will enjoy studying the graceful poses of the dancers, but even they may not find that this interpretation weaves a magical spell.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810941922
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 10.07 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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