Ballerina Swan

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Holiday House, Incorporated, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
23 Reviews
From her pond in the city park, Sophie, a swan, loves to watch the dancers in Madam Myrtle's Studio. She longs to join them; but Madam shoos her away. Then one day a much jollier teacher, Miss Willow, comes to class. Although Sophie is feathered, winged, and webbed, Miss Willow permits her to stay. When the school performs Swan Lake, the part of the swan seems perfect for Sophie-- but she can only hope she'll make the cast. Two great artists, prima ballerina Allegra Kent and Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully, have created an inspiring character who, in spite of great obstacles, works hard to pursue her passion . . . and realize her dream!

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The illustrations were the best part of this book. - Goodreads
Cute illustrations, though. - Goodreads
Nice watercolor illustrations. - Goodreads
The illustrations are nice. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Michaila - Goodreads

Eh, because this book is from the swan's point of view, we don't understand a lot of what's going on or why. I find it hard to get to know the swan or feel for her and the whole thing seems pretty ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ms. Barry - Goodreads

This ballet story offers the reader example of determination, hard work, and some ballet vocab. That a swan is the main character is cute. The illustrations are nice. The story's a little clunky... it feels a little forced, but I know there are students in our school who will enjoy it. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Allegra Kent, one of the New York City Ballet's most celebrated ballerinas, danced many roles created for her by George Balanchine, as well as the role of Odette in Swan Lake, She lives in New York City.

Emily Arnold McCully, Author and illustrator Emily McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois and raised on Long Island. Her father Wade was a writer of network radio shows and her mother Kathryn was a teacher. When she was a child, she began writing and illustrating her own stories, bound them and gave them a copyright date. She also illustrated postcards, greeting cards, scenery, portraits and copies of the old masters and would then set up a stand at the end of her driveway to sell them. McCully attended Pembroke University studying theater and art history. After graduation, McCully held a variety of odd jobs in the art field that included being a commercial artist, a designer of paperback covers and illustrating advertisements. When one of her illustrations was seen on an advertisement in the subway, she was asked to illustrate Greg Panetta's "Sea Beach Express." She accepted that offer and went on to illustrate over 100 children's books. In 1969, she illustrated de Jong's "Journey from the Peppermint Express," which was the first children's book to receive the National Book Award. McCully had her first solo venture with "Picnic," which is a wordless picture book about a family of mice, and it won the Christopher Award in 1985. "Mirette on the High Wire" introduced the dare devil tightrope walker, Mirette, and won the Caldecott Medal in 1993. Some of her other titles in include "Amazing Felix," "Crossing the New Bridge," "Grandmas at the Lake," "My Real Family," and "Pirate Queen.

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