Photography Irene Kim and published by Chronicle Books
When you pull open the pages of this book, you’ll pull back the curtain of time. You’ll be swept back through to the icy snowflakes and stone streets of Old Russia, where little Anna Pavlova heard the music of Tchaikovsky for the first time. The music filled her, its swells and pauses and staccato notes becoming the rhythm to which she moved, and danced, and worked long hours as a laundress. But somewhere, somehow, between the icy winters and the endless laundry and the music inside her, Anna become the Swan, the dancer, the heroine, the one who gave beauty to the people…the one some say is the most famous ballerina of all time.
“This book was about Anna. It was cold where she lived. She walked into the snow. She walked into the sun. She was a girl who danced on the stage in the dark. A ballerina dancer. She pretended to be a bird. People felt happy. She got flowers and throwed them back to the people.” -Aveline, age 4