Bulldog Library

To Dance: a ballerina’s graphic novel

on January 31, 2013

JB Siegel    •    AR Reading Level: 3.8    •    AR Points: 0.5    •   Quiz #110718

todance.aspxThis is the story of a girl who loves to dance.  She fills every empty space she can find with dance.  When a doctor diagnoses her with flat feet, her mother suggests that she take a dance class to fix her flat feet.  The little girl loves this idea, and she soon begins to study ballet. As she grows older, her family moves from Puerto Rico to New York so that she can study ballet at the finest school of ballet in America.  Her life revolves around dancing.  She reads about ballet and watches movies about ballet.  She even schedules her school day around her ballet classes.  By the time this girl is in her teens, she is performing on the stage with famous dancers like Mikhail Baryshnikov!  When her parents marriage begins do dissolve, dance becomes her refuge and escape.

This graphic novel tells the true life story of the author, Siena Cherson Siegel.  It is poignant and inspirational.  The beautiful illustrations are graceful and full of movement.  These illustrations are enhanced through the use of a beautiful color pallet that uses soft pastel colors in combination with bright splashes of color to add joy and emotion through out the book.  This book is a must read for young ballerinas, and is also recommended for young girls in general, because it will inspire readers follow their dreams, to delight in their passions, and to achieve success through hard work and dedication.  This book is an absolutely beautiful work of art!

Genre: Autobiography  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

2007 Sibert Honor Book

Siegel, S. (2006). To Dance: a ballerina’s graphic novel. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

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