A Ballerina's Graphic Novel
Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9780689867477, 64pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Dancers are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six -- and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance class in Boston, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet.
To Dance tells and shows the fullness of her dreams and her rhapsodic life they led to. Part family history, part backstage drama, here is an original, firsthand book about a young dancer's beginnings -- and beyond.
Mark Siegel is the illustrator of "To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel", a Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book, as well as the author and illustrator of the picture book "Moving House, " published by Roaring Brook Press. "Sailor Twain" is his most recent graphic novel.
"The familiar tale of a young dancer's progress takes on a newly poignant aura by being translated into the unexpectedly appropriate medium of the graphic novel."
-- Terry Teachout, author of All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine
"I treasure the marriage of these lovable pictures with the humble story of becoming a ballerina. I believe that with this book, the number of ballet lovers will grow."
-- Maya Plisetskaya, prima ballerina, Bolshoi Ballet
"To Dance is a beautiful portrait of the magical world of dance, and an even more beautiful portrait of a young girl growing up. A must-read for all dreamers who discover themselves. Brava, Siena!"
-- Peter Boal, artistic director, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and former principal dancer, New York City Ballet