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Ballerina Swan Hardcover – February 20, 2012

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About the Author

Allegra Kent, one of the New York City Ballet's most celebrated ballerinas, danced many roles created for her by George Balanchine, as well as the role of Odette in Swan Lake, She lives in New York City.

Emily Arnold McCully draws upon her passion for ballet to create exquisite paintings for this enchanting story.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (February 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823423735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823423736
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This story is utterly original and timeless. It has a combination of reality and fantasy that is irresistible. Sophie the swan is beautiful and graceful as she swims around the pond in the park. But something is missing. When she glimpses a ballet class, she realizes she can do more with her graceful body than just swim around her pond. She wants to dance! She learns that she must study and practice. Sophie's desire to learn -- her hope and happiness as she progresses -- is captured in McCully's delightful paintings with uncanny subtlety. The story and paintings convey the pure joy of dance in a way that is timeless and deeply moving.
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Lovely story from a dancer I have always admired at the American Ballet Theater. The story is heartwarming and the illustrations are done very well. I recommend it for little girls who love ballet and/or a great introduction to Swan Lake.
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I love the language in this book. "But the humiliating episode couldn't quell Sophiels love of dance." The illustrations are wonderful. The only thing I was disappointed with was the ending...a bit flat.
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While the story sounded charming and had lovely illustrations, the story didn't quite come across as believable, even to the four-year-old to whom I read it. The story's well put together, but it lacks the zing that I thought a real ballerina would bring to it.
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