Ballet of the Elephants

Ballet of the Elephants

By Leda Schubert; Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596430754, 34pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2006


Sparking watercolors-and-ink illustrations dance across the page and spill out onto a horizontal foldout of elephants and ballerinas spotlighted together--in the true story of "Circus Polka," choreographed in 1942 by George Balanchine, with music by Igor Stravinsky and performances by John Ringling North's elephants. Robert Andrew Parker brings his love of theater, dance, and costume to this captivating story. Leda Schubert's background note includes black-and-white photos of the actual performance.

About the Author
Leda Schubert lives in north-central Vermont with her husband and her enormous, spoiled dogs. Although Here Comes Darrell is not entirely a true story, the real Darrell dug their basement and a frog pond with his backhoe, plowed the driveway with his snowplow, and delivered firewood with his dump truck.

Robert Andrew Parker who knew Jackson Pollock as a young man, is a fine artist and printmaker whose work often appears in publications such as "The New Yorker". The illustrator of the Modern Library's edition of Stendhal's "The Charterhouse of Parma", his numerous children's books include" Grandfather Tang's Story", "Sleds on Boston Common", and" Cold Feet", winner of the 2002 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.