Ballet of the Elephants

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Macmillan, Apr 4, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 34 pages
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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.

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User Review  - rachelg2 - LibraryThing

I would consider this book to be a nonfiction, informational book. I did not know it was either of those things until I finished reading the story and turned to the last page of the book. I love the ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In Florida, 1942, a most unusual collaboration took place. George Balanchine, the great expatriate Russian choreographer, created a dance for John Ringling North's circus elephants to music by his ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

LEDA SCHUBERT was the school library consultant for the Vermont Department of Education, and she has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College.

ROBERT ANDREW PARKER a costume and set designer, fine artist and printmaker, has work in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan, and the Whitney. His many children's books include Cold Feet, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and Action Jackson, a Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book. He and his wife live in West Cornwall, Connecticut, where he is the drummer for the Bob Parker Quintet.

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