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The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Laurel Snyder, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)


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"Spare, poetic words sit as lightly as snowflakes."—Wall Street Journal
"An enchanting glimpse of a dancer whose name has come to be synonymous with her most famous role."—School Library Journal, starred review

One night, young Anna's mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. 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. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova is a heartbreakingly beautiful picture book biography perfect for aspiring ballerinas of all ages.

Praise For Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

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"A tender, delicate recounting."-Publishers Weekly

"Exquisite."-The Horn Book Magazine

" With beautiful, graceful illustrations and poetic text, this book captures the spirit and charm of one of history's prima ballerinas."--Parents Press

"As graceful in both visual and written line as the dancer it portrays, it is unrelenting in its depiction of work, inspiration and generosity."--Esme Codell, The Planet Esme Plan

"A masterpiece."--How Does She?

"Captures Pavlova's essence beautifully."-Booklist

"The words feel like a poem, and the artwork is outstanding. It is a seriously beautiful book."--Design Mom

"Elgantly captures the meaning of Anna Pavlova's extraordinary life...inspiring."--The San Francisco Chronicle

Indiana Too Good To Miss State Reading List 2018

"Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story."--Kirkus Reviews

"An enchanting glimpse of a dancer whose name has come to be synonymous with her most famous role."--School Library Journal, starred review

Chronicle Books, 9781452118901, 52pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2015

About the Author

Laurel Snyder is the author of picture books, novels, and several collections of poetry. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied ballet at the Peabody Preparatory, Caryl Maxwell Ballet, and the Cultural Arts Institute. She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she continues to dance, but mostly in her kitchen.

Julie Morstad is an award-winning artist who divides her creative energy between drawing, illustration, animation, and design. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.