Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder & Julie Morstad (Illustrator)

Swan_jkt_Bologna.inddThe world is big.
Anna is small.
The snow is
and all around.
But one night . . .
One night, her mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. Anna finds a beauty inside herself that she cannot contain.

So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, inspiring legions of dancers after her: the brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova.

How did I get the book? Christmas Present

Genre: Picture Book / Biography

Review: Swan is a beautiful and will certainly remain one of my favourite picture books. The artwork is stunning. I loved how it captured the movement of the dance, particularly the swan picture. Anna Pavlova life in ballet is told with few words, working with those wonderful images.

At the end of the book there is a two page Author’s note which gives you a more details biography of Anna Pavlova than Swan tells on its own, so I do recommend reading this afterwards.

I think that this is an excellent book for any ballet/dance lover just as much as children.

Recommend it?


Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova

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One thought on “Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder & Julie Morstad (Illustrator)

  1. I always wanted to be a professional ballet dancer when I was a child. They always looked so beautiful and strong. Unfortunately I’m a bit too clumsy (and lazy) to be one, but there interest has still always been there. This book looks beautiful, especially the cover and I think it would be a fascinating book to read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! 🙂

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