The world is big.
Anna is small.
The snow is
and all around.
But one night . . .
One night, her mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. Anna finds a beauty inside herself that she cannot contain.
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. Beautiful, inspirational, and triumphant, Anna Pavlova's life is masterfully captured in this exquisite picture book.
In spare, verselike prose, Snyder follows the life of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova from her artistic awakening as a dancer to the height of her fame and her death in 1931. Morstad gives Pavlova the grace of a porcelain doll, whether she is dancing as she hangs clothing on a line ("Shirt, shirt, laundry./ Shirt, shirt, laundry"), honing her craft after being admitted to the Imperial Ballet School, or performing her signature role in The Dying Swan. Snyder emphasizes Pavlova's determination and hard work throughout, as well as her belief that "ballet was for everyone" ("When people throw flowers, Anna tosses them back"). An author's note expands on biographical details hinted at in this tender, delicate recounting. Ages 5 8. Author's agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. Illustrator's agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management.