Swan – The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder & Julie Morstad (Chronicle)

12036530_10153549134145446_2532809168015769049_nA sublime and heartfelt re-imagination of the life story of the most famous Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova.

Written with the utmost warmth and tenderness by Laurel Snyder and recreated into awe-inspiring pictures by the inimitable Julie Morstad, this cannot fail to be a future award winner with such an established picture book pairing.

12036394_10153549134200446_2887169260519286776_nIn poverty stricken Russia during 1881, a little girl’s hopes and dreams take her to a life she could only imagine.

Anna, a gifted child, overcomes poverty and adversity to triumphantly realise her talent, performing to audiences all over the world.

Morstad’s mixed media illustrations translate beautifully across each spread with the softness and empathy required for such a unique story.

12046812_10153549134195446_3633132127548570565_nThe underlying message of undying perseverance is all too abundant and one that will resonate with readers everywhere.

This is a definite ‘must’ for any aspiring ballerina.

Her brave and inspirational journey can’t help but instil an attitude of tenacity and hope for young readers, which can often be lacking these days.

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