Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 9
- Grade: 1 to 4
"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.
About the authors
span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Julie Morstadspan lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> is an author, illustrator and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her most recent book for children, How To, marks her authorial debut, and has received starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Quill & Quire, as well as a Governor General's award nomination. Books she has illustrated for children include When You Were Small, recipient of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award; When I Was Small, winner of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize; and Singing Away the Dark, which was shortlisted for a number of children's literature prizes.
"Elgantly captures the meaning of Anna Pavlova's extraordinary life...inspiring."--The San Francisco Chronicle
"Exquisite."-The Horn Book Magazine
"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
"Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story."--Kirkus Reviews
" With beautiful, graceful illustrations and poetic text, this book captures the spirit and charm of one of history's prima ballerinas."--Parents Press
"A masterpiece."--How Does She?
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"The words feel like a poem, and the artwork is outstanding. It is a seriously beautiful book."--Design Mom
"An enchanting glimpse of a dancer whose name has come to be synonymous with her most famous role."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Captures Pavlova's essence beautifully."-Booklist
"A tender, delicate recounting."-Publishers Weekly
Indiana Too Good To Miss State Reading List 2018
Other titles by Laurel Snyder
Other titles by Julie Morstad
Swan (international pb)
The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Time is a Flower
Where You Came from
Girl on a Motorcycle
It Began With a Page
How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery
This is Sadie
A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Singing Away the Dark
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