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The Sibert Honor–winning graphic memoir about the dreams and realities of becoming a ballerina. Ballerinas are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six—and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance classes at the School of American Ballet, to her debut performance on stage with The Sibert Honor–winning graphic memoir about the dreams and realities of becoming a ballerina. Ballerinas are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six—and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance classes at the School of American Ballet, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet while working with ballet legend George Balanchine. Part family history, part backstage drama, this beautifully updated graphic memoir—which features a refreshed design and a brand-new scrapbook of Siena’s mementoes—is an original, firsthand look a young dancer’s beginnings.


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The Sibert Honor–winning graphic memoir about the dreams and realities of becoming a ballerina. Ballerinas are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six—and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance classes at the School of American Ballet, to her debut performance on stage with The Sibert Honor–winning graphic memoir about the dreams and realities of becoming a ballerina. Ballerinas are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six—and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance classes at the School of American Ballet, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet while working with ballet legend George Balanchine. Part family history, part backstage drama, this beautifully updated graphic memoir—which features a refreshed design and a brand-new scrapbook of Siena’s mementoes—is an original, firsthand look a young dancer’s beginnings.

30 review for To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Malbadeen

    Book Review: I loved the illustrations. Loved the color, Loved the ribbons that ran through it. Loved it! The writing...mmm, it was a bit disjointed and clunky but over all it worked. A bunch of other ramblings... When I was a kid we were poor. Not Frank McCourt poor, not we might have to eat the dog poor. but still, poor. poor like, no insurance poor, and going to McDonalds was a MAJOR TREAT poor, wearing socks for gloves in the winter poor, and babysiting the siblings at the berry field that my mo Book Review: I loved the illustrations. Loved the color, Loved the ribbons that ran through it. Loved it! The writing...mmm, it was a bit disjointed and clunky but over all it worked. A bunch of other ramblings... When I was a kid we were poor. Not Frank McCourt poor, not we might have to eat the dog poor. but still, poor. poor like, no insurance poor, and going to McDonalds was a MAJOR TREAT poor, wearing socks for gloves in the winter poor, and babysiting the siblings at the berry field that my mom managed poor. Poor enough to be nostalgic about poverty, that kind of poor. Being that kind of poor meant owning your very own something/anything was a big deal and being 1 girl in house with 3 brothers (and a sister to follow much later - hi megan!) meant girl things were even more of a big deal! And I owned my VERY OWN, VERY GIRLY book of ballet dancing. It was a how-to with a pink cover and black and white photos of a girl, appearing to be suspended in space doing 1st position, 2nd position, etc. Somehow I had also obtained a leotard which I dubtifully put on and stood at the back of my coach (ballet bar), and studied the floating girl as I attempted to duplicate her suspended grace. Then my house burned down and the book went with it. But this book reminds of that time and that makes me happy. prologue: my dad stopped being a journalist and my mom started getting paid for her art work and not only did we get actual gloves and new school clothes ocassionaly, we got MOON BOOTS!!!woo-hoo and most importantly, while books always remained somewhat sacred they were not quite as hard to come by. yay for childhood memories of books! Then my dad stopped being a journalist

  2. 5 out of 5

    (NS) Lauren

    Grade/Interest Level: 3-6 Dancers are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six -- and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance class in Boston, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet. To Dance tells and shows the fullness of her dreams and her rhapsodic life they led to. Part family history, part backstage drama, here is an original, firsthand book about a young dancer's begi Grade/Interest Level: 3-6 Dancers are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six -- and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance class in Boston, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet. To Dance tells and shows the fullness of her dreams and her rhapsodic life they led to. Part family history, part backstage drama, here is an original, firsthand book about a young dancer's beginnings -- and beyond. This dancer's autobiography, told in graphic novel format, offers readers a unique way to journey alongside on her quest to become a ballerina. Text is accessible to struggling readers, who will also be supported by the cues embedded within the illustrations. The illustrations are organized in a visually appealing way, and do not impede the reader's ability to follow the story line. I would use this with students as an example of the graphic novel genre. I might have students next create a graphic novel telling the story of a meaningful event from their own lives.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emm - One Thousand Years of Books

    To Dance is the story of Siena Cherson Siegel's journey from her desire to be a ballerina at age six to her debut performance with the New York City Ballet as a young adult. Siegel was faced with being unable to compete several times, due to being flat-footed, personal issues or injuries, yet prevailed with optimism. It's an uplifting story told in whimsical watercolours by Mark Siegel. While To Dance is light-hearted, Siegel doesn't spare the brutal honesty of ballet, and how extraordinarily dif To Dance is the story of Siena Cherson Siegel's journey from her desire to be a ballerina at age six to her debut performance with the New York City Ballet as a young adult. Siegel was faced with being unable to compete several times, due to being flat-footed, personal issues or injuries, yet prevailed with optimism. It's an uplifting story told in whimsical watercolours by Mark Siegel. While To Dance is light-hearted, Siegel doesn't spare the brutal honesty of ballet, and how extraordinarily difficult it can be to break into its ranks at all, much less achieve fame. The art of ballet and its behind-the-scenes has for some reason, always interested me more than actual ballets have. It is definitely a demanding profession, asking so much of you, physically and mentally, that it takes an insane amount of determination to succeed in. Thus, I have a lot of respect for ballerinas. I've heard this graphic novel described as "symphonic", and I think that fits quite well, the art flowing as smoothly as a lifeline.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gaby

    The cover enticed me to pick this graphic novel up, and that's probably the only thing I liked about it. The story was lacking and the illustrations were simply ok. More of my thoughts on this book here: http://youtu.be/qJD815TTY84?a

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    I loved this book I thought it was awesome because it got better and better as I read on so I loved it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Page

    A young ballerina's simple story of how her passion for dance changed her life. You follow her remarkable training up until her eighteenth year. An excellent choice for children especially.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Really enjoyed this one. It reminded me of all the dance books I used to read as a child and it even mentioned my favorite, A Very Young Dancer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    To Dance, is a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel with illustrations by her husband, Mark Siegel. The story is about her life from the time she was a little girl with a dream of dancing through her teen years. When Siena was six her doctor told her mother that she was “flat-footed,” and that she would never be able to dance. Her family moved around a lot, but her mother kept signing her up for dance classes. She worked so hard and was accepted into the School of American Ballet (SAB). She thrived i To Dance, is a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel with illustrations by her husband, Mark Siegel. The story is about her life from the time she was a little girl with a dream of dancing through her teen years. When Siena was six her doctor told her mother that she was “flat-footed,” and that she would never be able to dance. Her family moved around a lot, but her mother kept signing her up for dance classes. She worked so hard and was accepted into the School of American Ballet (SAB). She thrived in this setting, and was chosen to perform in many productions. At the same time her parents went through a bitter divorce. Having dance to retreat to helped her through difficult times. She ended up going to college where she did not pursue a dancing career because of injuries, and because she felt she needed to pursue other interests. In the end, however, she said that she went back to the barre because dancing was still part of her. I enjoyed reading this book because of the story, but I loved the pictures as well. The detail and facial expressions brought the words to life. Siena’s eyes were kind and expressive. The way that Mark Siegel painted the pictures of Siena showed her spark, and love of dance. I think that any intermediate or middle school aged child with a love of dance would enjoy this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carolinee

    To Dance is a graphic novel which is a biography of an adolescent ballerina- Siena Cherson Siegel. The cover of the book indicates that the main protagonist dreams about becoming a dancer. The reader may follow Sienna in her struggle to become a professional ballerina. We may learn from the story what is hard work and sacrifice. The graphics perfectly convey the mood of the characters and their emotions. There is just one weakness of the novel which is connected with the arrangement of the illus To Dance is a graphic novel which is a biography of an adolescent ballerina- Siena Cherson Siegel. The cover of the book indicates that the main protagonist dreams about becoming a dancer. The reader may follow Sienna in her struggle to become a professional ballerina. We may learn from the story what is hard work and sacrifice. The graphics perfectly convey the mood of the characters and their emotions. There is just one weakness of the novel which is connected with the arrangement of the illustrations. While reading it, at times I had a feeling that it was chaotic and I did not know which picture should go first. I recommend the book to everybody because it conveys an important message about persistence in achieving aims and depicts both exciting and tough life of ballet dancers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Decided to pick this book up for my own writing inspiration/research and it is now one of my favorite graphic novels. It tells the real-life story of a young Puerto Rican girl who moves to the United States with her family and pursues her dream of becoming a professional ballerina in New York City. Told through beautiful, vivid illustrations, it is a book about hope, passion and art. Siena is fierce and believes in herself and her dreams. She is the perfect role model for any child, whether they Decided to pick this book up for my own writing inspiration/research and it is now one of my favorite graphic novels. It tells the real-life story of a young Puerto Rican girl who moves to the United States with her family and pursues her dream of becoming a professional ballerina in New York City. Told through beautiful, vivid illustrations, it is a book about hope, passion and art. Siena is fierce and believes in herself and her dreams. She is the perfect role model for any child, whether they hope to dance or not. I know she inspired me. "We dance because it fills a space in us." My thoughts exactly.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    To Dance isn't just a graphic novel about ballet dancing. It's a novel about growing up, about nostalgia for the past and how the world changed over the years (e.g. when Siena gets her Sony Walkman). It's a novel about friendship, family, and about following your dreams. Beautifully illustrated and well-written, my only complaint was that it was somewhat short. Nevertheless, To Dance is an excellent book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Quick read. I liked the perspective the book takes on a ballerina's life, one that isn't commonly portrayed in children's books often. The illustrations were soft and flowy and captured movement very well. Book ended abruptly. Writing style needed a little work but overall a nice story for dancers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather Gunnell

    I always love reading about ballet. The passion for dance always reminds me of my childhood. My own experience was not as intense as Siena's, but the love for all types of dance was there.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liz Carr

    I just wish there was more!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yadira

    I initially chose this book because of its title, the word dance caught my attention and I had never read a graphic novel especially like this one, before. I was excited to read this book and see how different yet effective, a text like this is. The novel was easy to read and the style was interesting. I am not a fan of comic books, but novels like these can be enjoyable to read. This novel was nonfiction, and as I was reading it I definitely wanted to learn more because of the way that the litt I initially chose this book because of its title, the word dance caught my attention and I had never read a graphic novel especially like this one, before. I was excited to read this book and see how different yet effective, a text like this is. The novel was easy to read and the style was interesting. I am not a fan of comic books, but novels like these can be enjoyable to read. This novel was nonfiction, and as I was reading it I definitely wanted to learn more because of the way that the little girl's passion for dance was shown. I can see why books like these can be a good option for students who are having a hard time focusing on traditional text because of the style of graphic novels. The comic-like style is what makes a student who prefers video games and such things, over reading, to engage in the reading. For some students, books like this one can almost serve as a transition into reading traditional-text.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ⚡️HEROny⚡️

    The story was heart-warming and the art was wonderful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    (NS) Brea M

    A husband and wife team up to provide an insightful, accessible, and aesthetically engaging graphic novel that follows the latter's dance career. Well- proportioned watercolor panels trace Siena Cherson Siegel's involvement with ballet from her introduction to it at the age of six and her training as an adolescent at the School of American Ballet to her leaving professional dance when she reached college and her return to it several years later, "because I still need[ed:] to dance." The fully re A husband and wife team up to provide an insightful, accessible, and aesthetically engaging graphic novel that follows the latter's dance career. Well- proportioned watercolor panels trace Siena Cherson Siegel's involvement with ballet from her introduction to it at the age of six and her training as an adolescent at the School of American Ballet to her leaving professional dance when she reached college and her return to it several years later, "because I still need[ed:] to dance." The fully realized account goes beyond the sacrifices and rewards she experienced to other matters, such as the effects of her parents' separation and divorce and her awe of ballet master George Balanchine. As a girl, Siena discovered Jill Krementz's photo-essay A Very Young Dancer (1976), but unlike that portrait of a girl ballerina, this one is in no way glamorized. Mark Siegel's images are often pretty, but like the story his wife tells, they are honest about a ballerina's life. Foot pain, leg injuries, and more are a part of Siena's story, which provides those who hope for or wonder about a career in dancing with a candid view of an individual for whom ballet is essential to a fulfilling life. Ages 9-14. ~Francisca Goldsmith (Booklist Review) The cover of this book caught my eye right away with the pink background and the young girl imagining a fancy ballerina in her mind. The unique cover would immediately draw the attention of a girl reader, who may not typically read graphic novels. Any reader who has a true passion for something would connect to Siena as she works her way into the world of dance. As an outsider to the dance world, I learned a lot about the amount of dedication it takes to actually be a ballerina. Siena trained in the prestigious School of American Ballet, founded by the apparently famous George Balanchine of Russia. With very little background knowledge on the school or the famous instructors, I felt like this book did a nice job of weaving in these facts with the storyline of Siena’s life. Readers get to follow Siena through the challenge of becoming a dancer but also the personal side of her life such as divorcing parents and adolescent development. The words and illustrations of this book tell a cohesive story. As an adult I found it interesting, but was unsure exactly what audience of children it would appeal to. Although the text is not difficult, younger readers may be bored with the details of the school, professors, and description of the performances. It seems as though an older (11-14 year old) reader who is interested in ballet would enjoy this book the best.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Summary: To Dance is a graphic novel about a young girl that loves to dance. She dreams of being a dancer and this book takes you through her journey. The book is not only a graphic novel in which the main character is a girl, but it is also the memoir. The young girl has flat feet as a child and gets inspired to take dance because of a Russian ballerina as well as her mother’s idea to take lessons. She began lessons in Boston and then back in Puerto Rico where she was from. Once accepted to a b Summary: To Dance is a graphic novel about a young girl that loves to dance. She dreams of being a dancer and this book takes you through her journey. The book is not only a graphic novel in which the main character is a girl, but it is also the memoir. The young girl has flat feet as a child and gets inspired to take dance because of a Russian ballerina as well as her mother’s idea to take lessons. She began lessons in Boston and then back in Puerto Rico where she was from. Once accepted to a ballet school in New York, her family moved there so that she could take lessons. The school in New York was like a “little Russia” with the instructors and musicians. The book takes the reader on a journey of a girl turning into a woman and living out her dream. It shows the struggles and hard work that went into her becoming a dancer and how dance is a part of her. Reflection: As a dancer myself, I was very inspired to read this book. I just loved what it was about and how the story was told in the graphic novel format. Many of the details of the illustrations within the book were so accurate that it was amazing to read. The details of the story that were not written about in the text were clear in the pictures. One example was when the girl was going through an audition. The text said she was accepted to the school, but the pictures show the honest scrutiny of the judges. The expressions on the characters’ faces as well as the moments captured are real and accurate of what happens during those moments. I appreciated how much was expressed through the illustrations in the book especially when it came to the portion on toe shoes. I would recommend this book for any young girl interested in dance, although there were a few portions of the book that talked about a bit older content but it was done in a humorous way. I could not see this memoir being appealing to boys, unless of course they took dance as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    this is review i gave to my Sibert Award class "to dance" is a graphic autobiography by Siena Cherson Siegel and her artist husband Mark Siegel which was awarded a Sibert Honor in 2007. Ms. Siegel starts her book as a six year old in Puerto Rico and ends the main story as sixteen year old member of the American Ballet Theatre watching Suzanne Farrell's dance/tribute/ode for George Balanchine at the first performance after his death. There are a couple of follow up pages showing Siena at college, this is review i gave to my Sibert Award class "to dance" is a graphic autobiography by Siena Cherson Siegel and her artist husband Mark Siegel which was awarded a Sibert Honor in 2007. Ms. Siegel starts her book as a six year old in Puerto Rico and ends the main story as sixteen year old member of the American Ballet Theatre watching Suzanne Farrell's dance/tribute/ode for George Balanchine at the first performance after his death. There are a couple of follow up pages showing Siena at college, having stopped dancing because of a severe ankle injury and finally returning to ballet. Siena shows the struggle being a very young dancer and credits Jill Krementz' book for inspiring her. We see Siena reading it by flashlight as a ten year old during the New York City Blackout. Years ago i read Suzanne Farrell's autobiography, and reading about dance is as one dimensional as reading about music, Mark Siegel's art adds much to his wife's text. It is one thing to read about the Bolshoi production of Swan Lake that Siena attended, Mark shows us the magic of the dying swan as Siena saw it. Siena writes of watching ballets from behind a curtain while across the stage behind another curtain Mr. B (Balanchine) watches the performers. We see her and a couple other girls swoon over Baryshnikov as he rides an elevator with them. And we read and see the amount of work Siena must do, from a couple hours a day to six days a week to attending a special school so she can practice more. We see her use dance as an escape from her parents fighting and eventual divorce, never stated but implied is the amount of money and sacrifice this passion costs. And there is the page showing Farrell dance Symphony in C in honor to Balanchine, it got me crying. An outstanding book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Klaudia Maniakowska

    “To Dance” has a very appealing cover, which already reveals its genre (a graphic novel), as well as its central preoccupation (a memoir of a ballerina). All the illustrations have a form of comics: on some pages there is a sequence of panels of images, but on some other pages the illustrations are depicted outside any frame and encompass the whole page. I was touched by the fact that the illustrations, which are very dreamy and colorful, are twined with quite realistic and dark ones. I apprecia “To Dance” has a very appealing cover, which already reveals its genre (a graphic novel), as well as its central preoccupation (a memoir of a ballerina). All the illustrations have a form of comics: on some pages there is a sequence of panels of images, but on some other pages the illustrations are depicted outside any frame and encompass the whole page. I was touched by the fact that the illustrations, which are very dreamy and colorful, are twined with quite realistic and dark ones. I appreciate the fact that, despite the illustrations being exquisite, the storyline is gripping too. Readers gradually get involved into Siena’s quest to become a ballet dancer, who overcoming many difficulties, such as having flat feet or parents’ divorce, makes her dream come true. The illustrations that accompany the text are so well-crafted that the readers have a sense of a dynamic plot development, because the characters are usually depicted in motion. What strikes me the most is the fact that the comic is divided into chapters, for example “Flat Feet” or “Dying Swan”, which introduces a sense of organization that may be lost if the readers too passionately follow the absorbing illustrations.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Doster

    The book To Dance is a graphic novel about a young girl and her aspirations of becoming a dancer. The story begins with the six-year old dreaming of dancing while seeing a doctor about her flat fleet. The story is told from the main characters point of view as she takes readers on her journey of struggles and moments of triumph. Her family history and the backstage drama are captured to show the young girls character development into a beautiful young woman. Each page is filled with beautiful il The book To Dance is a graphic novel about a young girl and her aspirations of becoming a dancer. The story begins with the six-year old dreaming of dancing while seeing a doctor about her flat fleet. The story is told from the main characters point of view as she takes readers on her journey of struggles and moments of triumph. Her family history and the backstage drama are captured to show the young girls character development into a beautiful young woman. Each page is filled with beautiful illustrations, drawn using black line and a whimsical color palette. The ballerinas appear as having lovely movements and flow from page to page with elegance. There isn’t much text on the page but it works well with the illustrations. Because this is a novel that takes place over several years, many character names come up and it’s difficult for the reader to keep track. The author and illustrator do a great job of illustration and text placement. They make it easy for the reader’s eye to know which text or illustration should be read or looked at next. The beautiful illustrations and story line make this a great graphic novel for people of all ages. Overall, this is an inspiring book that teaches readers how important it is to follow your dreams and do what you love.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel, is a graphic novel follows the life of the main character Siena. Siena Cherson Sigel wrote the book about herself. Siena lives in Puerto Rico with her mom, dad and brother. She was told that she can never dance because of her flat fleet. For many, this would have discouraged, but not Siena a six year old girl at the time! The story uses colorful pictures which guide the story of the life of Siena through her ups and downs. When she gets older she goes to New Yor To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel, is a graphic novel follows the life of the main character Siena. Siena Cherson Sigel wrote the book about herself. Siena lives in Puerto Rico with her mom, dad and brother. She was told that she can never dance because of her flat fleet. For many, this would have discouraged, but not Siena a six year old girl at the time! The story uses colorful pictures which guide the story of the life of Siena through her ups and downs. When she gets older she goes to New York City to dance at the prestigious school of the New York CIty Ballet. She goes back the following summers and becomes an even better dancer, so she eventually ends up moving to New York to be a full time dancer. The author’s message was to never give up, and if you put the time and effort into your dreams, they will come true. Siena Cherson Siegel isn’t just the author of this book but, she is a professional dancer as well. She not only shows us the truths about being a dancer, but she shows us how rewarding a time commitment event can be.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel is a dance through its word choice and graphic artwork. Each chapter title can be found on a swirling ribbon that intertwines throughout the story. When specific ballets are chapter titles, the chapter title is presented with an image from that particular ballet. In this novel, a young girl's passion for dance is felt immediately, and I had to pause to balance the meaning of the words with the action of the illustrations. By the time I was nearing the climax To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel is a dance through its word choice and graphic artwork. Each chapter title can be found on a swirling ribbon that intertwines throughout the story. When specific ballets are chapter titles, the chapter title is presented with an image from that particular ballet. In this novel, a young girl's passion for dance is felt immediately, and I had to pause to balance the meaning of the words with the action of the illustrations. By the time I was nearing the climax of the storyline, I was very emotional-connected to the main character and felt her pain through her professional and personal crisises. The illustrations are so minutely detailed that I literally stopped at times to appreciate the visual interpretation of the words. Often the text was embedded into the illustrations to alter reading speed and encourage scrutiny and a better appreciation of Siena's journey to acheive her dreams of dancing. The energy and passion of this young dancer is inspiring and motivational. I give this book a 5!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tzipora

    This is the perfect graphic novel for any girl (of any age!) who has ever wanted to be a ballerina! Siena Cherson Siegel had the childhood every kid who was ever serious about ballet can only dream of. She auditions for and is accepted into the very prestigious School of American Ballet (SAB). This is the top school in the United States for young dancers and even more impressive is that Siegel was there during the last years of SAB's famous founder George Balanchine's life. This was also during This is the perfect graphic novel for any girl (of any age!) who has ever wanted to be a ballerina! Siena Cherson Siegel had the childhood every kid who was ever serious about ballet can only dream of. She auditions for and is accepted into the very prestigious School of American Ballet (SAB). This is the top school in the United States for young dancers and even more impressive is that Siegel was there during the last years of SAB's famous founder George Balanchine's life. This was also during the time that Baryshnikov was with the New York City Ballet. That's right, Siena Cherson Siegel danced for Balanchine in a ballet with Baryshnikov! So if acronyms such as SAB, NYCB, ABT, etc and names like Balanchine, Baryshnikov, Suzanne Farrell, and Gelsey Kirkland make your heart beat a little faster and your spirit dance, this is the book for you!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stewart

    Sarah Stewart Biography In this biography, Siena Siegel tells her story about her dream to become a dancer in this graphic novel. Siegel dreamed of becoming a dancer since she was little and living in Puerto Rico. She dreamed of leaping and spinning on a stage. With a move to New York, Siegel was signed up for a dance class. Becoming more serious about her dream as she grew up, she went to the American School for Ballet. There, she performed many performances by George Ballanchine. However, upon t Sarah Stewart Biography In this biography, Siena Siegel tells her story about her dream to become a dancer in this graphic novel. Siegel dreamed of becoming a dancer since she was little and living in Puerto Rico. She dreamed of leaping and spinning on a stage. With a move to New York, Siegel was signed up for a dance class. Becoming more serious about her dream as she grew up, she went to the American School for Ballet. There, she performed many performances by George Ballanchine. However, upon turning 18, she suffered from an ankle injury and was not able to fulfill her dream. This did not stop her from dancing though, as it such an important aspect in her life. A well illustrated graphic novel that will inspire dancers, and can inspire all to pursue their dreams.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This biographical graphic novel of a young girl aspiring to be a prima ballerina with The New York City Ballet is a story many young girls will relate to. Siena started dancing at 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico later moving with her family to New York to study at the School of American Ballet. As she grows as a dancer the stage and dance studio become her refuge from her parent's fighting. At eighteen Siena stops dancing to give herself the opportunity to grow in other ways, even though dancing will This biographical graphic novel of a young girl aspiring to be a prima ballerina with The New York City Ballet is a story many young girls will relate to. Siena started dancing at 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico later moving with her family to New York to study at the School of American Ballet. As she grows as a dancer the stage and dance studio become her refuge from her parent's fighting. At eighteen Siena stops dancing to give herself the opportunity to grow in other ways, even though dancing will always be a part of her. This is a wonderful little book. The story is charming and the pictures are colorful and lively. Siena simply dances off the page. I think its a very interesting format for a memoir that works well for this particular story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    The simplicity of the story is refreshing. The drawings compliment the story quite well. the love of dance infuses every page, and one can't help but fall in love with dance as Siena relates her story. I picked this book up while browsing through the shelves. Immediately, I thought of my daughters, both of whom, enjoy dance. Do they have the same love for dance that Siena describes? I finished it because it was enjoyable and easy to read. I felt each struggle, and pain filled moment as well as t The simplicity of the story is refreshing. The drawings compliment the story quite well. the love of dance infuses every page, and one can't help but fall in love with dance as Siena relates her story. I picked this book up while browsing through the shelves. Immediately, I thought of my daughters, both of whom, enjoy dance. Do they have the same love for dance that Siena describes? I finished it because it was enjoyable and easy to read. I felt each struggle, and pain filled moment as well as the triumphs and joys. I would recommend this to Tait and Nevyn. They dance.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    OK. The illustrations are pretty cool. And full color. Yes, they convey emotion and movement, more so than other J graphic novels. And yes, she talks about how hard being a ballet dancer is, so as not to give prospective dancers false hope. But a Siebert Award? All I'm saying is, it was no Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. Or even Secrets of a Civil War Submarine. Was the committee just throwing graphic novels a bone? But girls will probably like it, and it's nice to see a postive, female centric, OK. The illustrations are pretty cool. And full color. Yes, they convey emotion and movement, more so than other J graphic novels. And yes, she talks about how hard being a ballet dancer is, so as not to give prospective dancers false hope. But a Siebert Award? All I'm saying is, it was no Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. Or even Secrets of a Civil War Submarine. Was the committee just throwing graphic novels a bone? But girls will probably like it, and it's nice to see a postive, female centric, graphic novel for kids. And it's got Mikhail Baryshnikov.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    I picked this slim gem up from our library mainly because I am a fan of the illustrator, Mark Siegel(author of the webcomic Sailor Twain . This book is a collaboration between Mr. Siegel and his wife, Siena Cherson Siegel, and it was a delight from start to finish. If anything, I wanted more stories about Ms. Siegel's experiences with the SAB and the NYCB.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Agnes U

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I love the fact that the protagonist's passion for dancing never changes and it forever remains a part of her. I'm not going to give any spoilers for those who want to read it, but the story is lighthearted and actually very realistic, (despite the pink cover that I associate with sassy and girlish stories). Also, the art is remarkable, packed with details and novel (to me) techniques which add appeal to the story and the way of reading.

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