Ballet of the Elephants

By Schubert, Leda

Publishers Summary:
Sparkling watercolor-and-ink illustrations dance across the page and spill out onto a horizontal foldout of elephants and ballerinas spotlighted togetherin the true story of Circus Polka, choreographed in 1942 by George Balanchine, with music by Igor Stravinsky and performances by John Ringling Norths elephants. Robert Andrew Parker brings his love of theater, dance, and costume to this captivating story. Leda Schuberts background note includes black-and-white photos of the actual performances.

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ISBN
978-1-59643-075-4
Publisher
Brodie Roaring Brook


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2006

Gr 1-4 This fascinating historical vignette traces the paths of three famous men -circus-owner John Ringling North, ballet-master George Balanchine, and composer Igor Stravinsky -and shows how their lives intersected to create a one-of-a-kind event. The Circus Polka, a ballet featuring 50 elephants and 50 dancers, all in pink tutus, took place in New York City in 1942. In a smooth storylike narrative, Schubert weaves biographical details about the participants with descriptions of the preparations, rehearsals, and dazzling per...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2006

Take a moment to think about the incongruities in this title. Big, lumbering elephants performing a ballet? Now there's a hook for prospective readers and listeners. But this event did happen—four hundred and twenty-five times with fifty elephants (and fifty human ballerinas). Four individuals (John Ringling North, George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, and Vera Zorina) are artfully introduced through background material that connects each pe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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