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Excerpt: Swan, The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Written by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad


“A tender, delicate recounting.” — Publishers Weekly

“Young ballet lovers will be smitten with the story.”– Kirkus Reviews

“Exquisite.” — The Horn Book Magazine  


The following is a short excerpt and peek inside Swan, The Life and Times of Anna Pavlova


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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 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, and who will inspire legions of dancers after her: The brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova.


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