Monday, March 16, 2009

Review: To Dance, a Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel

genre: graphic novel, middle grade
rating: 4/5

I really liked this one. We follow young Siena from her first taste of dance, we watch her become passionate, and see her begin to succeed as a dancer. As a teen with her parents struggling, dance is an outlet and a safe haven. The illustrations are fluid and graceful - to be honest, sometimes I just wanted to climb in and enjoy the performance. She doesn't sugar coat the hard work of ballet, but it is inspiring to see how that hard work pays off. While I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, I can imagine this book would become a favorite for young people with a passion for dance.

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