Swan Lake by Jennifer Adams & illustrations by Corey Egbert
With so many people, organizations, and businesses being affected by COVID-19, I would like to dedicate this post to my ballet alma mater, New Haven Ballet with the hope of raising any small amount for the upkeep and continuation of their beautiful school. If you, or someone you know, is interested in supporting them, please click here.
For those who love ballet, Swan Lake by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Corey Egbert is an exciting new addition to the ballet-book world. A concise retelling of a timeless classical ballet, the warm and cool-toned illustrations bring the reader into a dream-like atmosphere as the story unfolds. Egbert's ability to capture the essence of movement throughout Swan Lake makes the book all the more engaging for little ones---and for parents and children who are familiar with the music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, opening the book will, no doubt, spark an immediate mental reply of Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music.
I'm still not sure if I'd read the book word-for-word to my toddler...explaining that Odette and Siegfried fall off a cliff and go to heaven might be a little too much for me to explain, but if parents want to encourage a love of ballet, the illustrations alone are one great way to start!