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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction


Fall 2015 Non-Fiction
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Laurel Snyder
Illustrator: Julie Morstad
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452118901
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Against all odds, Anna Pavlova, the daughter of a laundress in czarist Russia, rose to fame as one of the greatest ballerinas who ever lived, and traveled the world to share her art. With delicate simplicity, author Laurel Snyder tells Pavlova's life's story-the desire to dance kindled so early ("Anna becomes a glimmer, a grace. Everyone feels it, and the lamps shine brighter. The room holds its breath.")-the hard work, the triumphs, travels and Pavlova's poignant last moments. Snyder's prose is complemented by the graceful subtlety of artist Julie Morstad's illustrations.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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