Synopses & Reviews
In this mesmerizing picture book from the author of the andlt;I andgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling andlt;I andgt;Starsandlt;/Iandgt;, a young ballerina finds dancing inspiration in the natural world.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Thereand#8217;s a place I go thatand#8217;s green and grass,andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;a place I thought that no one knewand#8212;andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;until the deer came.andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;This gorgeous picture book from celebrated author Mary Lyn Ray features luminous and evocative art from Lauren Stringer and will capture the hearts of young dancers everywhere.
"The team behind Mud and Red Rubber Book Day return with another story celebrating a child's connection to nature in this case, the child in question is a young dancer who practices outdoors in a spot 'that's green and grass, a place I thought that no one knew.' Dressed in tights, tutu, tank top, and T-shirt (it's clear that, in addition to a love of dance, she has a strong sense of personal style), the girl is startled by the appearance of a deer; they size each other up before the deer disappears into the woods. During a second chance meeting, girl and deer share a dance together a moment heightened by the almost supernatural greens and yellows Stringer uses to paint this secluded forest refuge. Her stylized acrylics emphasize the deer's lithesome grace, too, giving it a coyly pointed snout and spindly legs that look permanently en pointe. Ray's verselike prose captures both the way the girl finds inspiration in nature and the joy she finds in dancing when no one is watching her no one two-legged, anyway. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
* "A young ballerina finds her muse in a woodland creature. . . . Ray's brief text lyrically sings of the beauties of dance and nature. Stringer's lush acrylic paintings depict the forest in sumptuous shades of sunshine yellow and emerald green, the girl and deer each captured in swirling scenes of graceful movement. . . . How wonderful to connect the structured world of ballet with the free-form world of an animal at play. An ode to joyous dance."
"Feeling a bit discouraged about her skills as a dancer, a little girl finds inspiration in a magical encounter with a deer in a peaceful clearing.... Stringerand#8217;s artwork is nothing short of mesmerizing. The shades of green saturating the book are rich and energizing.... Ray's spare writing is lovely and appropriate in its quietness, reflecting the hushed awe and respect of the little girl for her dance partner and their stage. This is a spectacular book, celebrating the outdoors, dance, and the beauty inside each of us."
* "This utterly charming tale begins with a girl dancing in a glen. Then a deer appears. . . . Ray's evocative text has a subtle message about listening to the music in your heart. On the page, the words whirl in tandem with the marvelous art that recalls picture books from an earlier time. . . . Yet this beautifully crafted piece of bookmaking never feels dated, but rather timeless. Together, children and adults will revel in this excursion to a world where all is possible when no one is looking."
In this mesmerizing picture book from the author of the New York Times bestselling Stars, a young ballerina finds dancing inspiration in the natural world.
There's a place I go that's green and grass,
a place I thought that no one knew--
until the deer came.
This gorgeous picture book from celebrated author Mary Lyn Ray features luminous and evocative art from Lauren Stringer and will capture the hearts of young dancers everywhere.
About the Author
Mary Lyn Ray is a conservationist and author of several picture books for children. Rayand#8217;s texts are often praised for their lyricism and emotional depth, and in her works she frequently focuses on humankindand#8217;s relationship with nature. Among her critically acclaimed titles are andlt;i andgt;Starsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Christmas Farmandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Pumpkinsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Shaker Boyandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Welcome, Brown Birdandlt;/iandgt;.