Thursday, July 21, 2011

To Dance: A Memoir

Title:               To Dance: A Memoir
Category:       Biography, Graphic Novel
Grade:            2-5
Author:          Siena Cherson Siegel
Illustrator:      Mark Siegel
Publisher:       Aladdin
Date:               2006
Pages:             32

Sure to please girls who dream of dance, this slender graphic autobiography tells the story of Siena Siegel, a young Puerto Rican girl who eventually danced with the New York City Ballet.  The story follows her from her very early lessons through her audition and acceptance into the School of American Ballet and her final performances on the stage, weaving her life as a ballet dancer with her life as a young girl in a troubled family. 

A very easy read that depicts both the glory and the hardships associated with being a ballerina.  Siegel is honest and sympathetic in this very enjoyable book.


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