The Girl Who Wanted to Dance

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The Girl Who Wanted to Dance

By Amy Ehrlich; Rebecca Walsh (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763613457, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2009

The call to self expression haunts a delicate, poignant tale about family and art, love and longing and the ineffable tie between parent and child.
Clara lives with her father and grandmother in a little village. More than anything, Clara loves to dance, but her father has had too much sadness in his life to abide dancing. When Clara sees a troupe of dancers performing in the village one June day, she is enchanted enough to follow their wagons deep into the forest and what she finds there changes her life forever. This bewitching fairy tale by master storyteller Amy Ehrlich, tenderly illustrated by Rebecca Walsh, honors the call to the artistic life and acknowledges with compassion the pain of those left behind.

About the Author
Amy Ehrlich is the founding editor of Candlewick Press, and the award-winning author of many books for children, including "Leo"; "Zack and Emmie", illustrated by Steven Kellogg; "The Day the Goose Got Loose", illustrated by Steven Kellogg; and most recently "Rachel Carson", illustrated by Wendell Minor. Amy is also the author of "Where It Stops Nobody Knows", a Booklist Book of the Year, and "Joyride". She lives in Vermont with her family.