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April 29, 2009

Just dance!

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toDanceCover325Siegel, S. (2006). To dance. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Genre: Graphic Novel
Grades: 6th-8th

To Dance is a precious graphic novel about Siena Cherson Siegel’s life. This book leads the reader inside to her life as a dancer. Siegel tells her story from when she was a little girl up until she goes to college. She undergoes moving from one home to another, new dance classes, meeting new people, a divorce between her parents, a boyfriend, quitting dancing, going to college, and much more. From Puerto Rico, her birthplace, she goes to Boston for dance school and then ends up dancing with the New York City Ballet. This book is great for a young teenager to read especially if he or she is a dancer because they will be able to relate to the story and maybe learn from the Siegel’s mistake or what she experienced. Siegel’s husband Mark who is the illustrator, uses light colors that make sense with the story since it is a female novel. Through the faces of the characters you will be able to understand and feel what they are expieriencing. The graphic novel teaches hard work and dedication like she had throughout the story. These are two characteristics that are necessary to have throughout one’s life so by learning these leassons through this story is really helpful for the young reader so they can acquire these life skills. Read this with your daughter and she will be entertained and will learn valuable lessons about hard work.

About the Author and Illustrator

b-sporty-ballet-shoes-2409237_270111057_stdSiena Cherson Siegel has not made many books but the memoir To Dance is certainly a great start. She teams up to make a wonderful story based on her past. Mark Siegel is a wonderful illustrator who’s most well known work is in To Dance. While she wrote this graphic novel he created great art work. His work is a graphic artwork in a feminine way coincide with the theme of the book. He uses bring colors and detailed drawings to bring the comic strips to life. Information was found from: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Mark-Siegel/707637/books and http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Siena-Cherson-Siegel/21443453/books.

Sources:
http://www.viadancestudio.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/b-sporty-ballet-shoes-2409237.270111057_std.jpg
http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Siena-Cherson-Siegel/21443453/books
http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Mark-Siegel/707637/books
http://www.todance.info/images/toDanceCover325.jpg

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