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Publisher Comments:

Alicia Alonso's artistic achievements are remarkable,

considering that she became partially blind and lost

her peripheral vision at age nineteen. From childhood, she

exhibited a passion for dancing, studying first in Cuba and later

in New York City, where she became an overnight

sensation in Giselle and was promoted to principal

dancer in Ballet Theater. Returning to Cuba in 1948, she

founded her own company, which eventually folded due to

lack of funding. In 1959 the Cuban government gave

her enough money to establish a new dance school, Ballet

Nacional de Cuba, which Alonso directs to this day. In elegant

free verse and stunning artwork rendered in watercolor, colored

pencils, and lithograph pencils on watercolor paper, Carmen T.

Bernier-Grand and Ra??l Col??n capture the seminal events in

Alonso's life. The back matter includes a biography,

Alonso's ballets, choreography, and awards,

a glossary, sources, notes, and websites.

Review:

"Bernier-Grand's (Diego: Bigger than Life) free-verse picture-book biography follows one of 20th-century ballet's most gifted — and steeliest — ballerinas, tracing her climb to the rank of prima ballerina assoluta and her battle to continue dancing as she loses her sight. Spiced with the Spanish of her native Cuba and full of poignant detail (her husband-to-be, seeing her dance, decides on the spot to study ballet so he can be her partner), Bernier-Grand's account does not flinch from Alonso's complex relationship with the Cuban government ('Why do you find killings by Castro/ more acceptable than killings by Batista?' picket signs read), nor from the physical punishment that is the reality of dance ('Dry blood has glued her toe shoes to her feet'). Colón's (Play Ball!) portraits have the dramatic scale of Depression-era murals; they capture Alonso's grace and celebrate her strength, too. There's little frilliness; Alonso's will to live and to dance seems like a force of nature, and the story, which follows her from childhood through her professional career and into retirement, has the scope of an adult work. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780761455622
Author:
Bernier Grand, Carmen T
Publisher:
Cavendish Square Publishing
Author:
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Marshall Cavendish Children's Books - English 9780761455622 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bernier-Grand's (Diego: Bigger than Life) free-verse picture-book biography follows one of 20th-century ballet's most gifted — and steeliest — ballerinas, tracing her climb to the rank of prima ballerina assoluta and her battle to continue dancing as she loses her sight. Spiced with the Spanish of her native Cuba and full of poignant detail (her husband-to-be, seeing her dance, decides on the spot to study ballet so he can be her partner), Bernier-Grand's account does not flinch from Alonso's complex relationship with the Cuban government ('Why do you find killings by Castro/ more acceptable than killings by Batista?' picket signs read), nor from the physical punishment that is the reality of dance ('Dry blood has glued her toe shoes to her feet'). Colón's (Play Ball!) portraits have the dramatic scale of Depression-era murals; they capture Alonso's grace and celebrate her strength, too. There's little frilliness; Alonso's will to live and to dance seems like a force of nature, and the story, which follows her from childhood through her professional career and into retirement, has the scope of an adult work. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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