Review: To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel

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October 15, 2012 by shepla

Siena Cherson Siegel’s memoir, To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel, with artwork by her husband Mark Siegel, is a quietly beautiful graphic novel about growing up. The book effectively conveys Siena’s lifelong love of dance from childhood in Puerto Rico to performing with the New York City ballet as a teenager.

Gorgeous, dreamy ballet sequences and Siena’s wonder of interacting with famous dancers like Baryshnikov are juxtaposed with darker scenes of her parents’ crumbling marriage, wearing painful toe shoes, and worrying about her breasts becoming too large. This Robert F. Sibert Honor Book is sure to intrigue dance-obsessed 8- to 14-year-olds and adult would-be ballerinas as well.

Have any of you read this book, or other good graphic novels or comics for girls? Let me know in the Comments!

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