Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Laurel Snyder

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Chronicle Books
United States
1 August 2015

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Laurel Snyder

The world is big. Anna is small. The snow is everywhere 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.


One night a little girl is taken to see her first ballet concert and as her heart sings with the joy of it a dream is born.

The time was the 1800s, the place Russia and the girl was Anna Pavlova. To this day she is considered one of the world’s greatest ballerinas and this stunning book captures her in all her ethereal brilliance. Her dedication to her art was legendary but she never forgot her poor and humble start and wanted to share her dance with rich and poor alike, so she travelled the world performing. Her story is told with poetic poignancy and the pictures shimmer with an exquisite grace.

Future ballerinas of 3 and up will be spellbound by Swan.

Alexa Dretzke

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