The ballet class: a tender, loving preview of the stuff that dreams and ballet dancers - are made of. Rachel Isadora captures these young ballet dancers beautifully with her exquisite illustrations!!
COLLECTOR'S stated first edition, first printing children's vintage hardcover picture book with original dustjacket - My Ballet Class by Rachel Isadora.
Stunning illustrations fill the ivory pages in color and black & white. Photos do not fully capture beautiful color hues and detail. Wait until you see up close. WOW! Publisher: Greenwillow Books - a division of William Morrow & Co., New York, NY. Copyright: 1980, stated first edition with full number line, first printing. ISBN 0688802532. Not ex-library.
Many children dream of becoming dancers, musicians, actors, and artists, but few have the opportunity, the skill, and the determination to live out those dreams. Rachel Isadora is the exception. When she was young, she wanted to be a ballerina--and she became one. And now she has firmly established herself as an artist with an impressive string of picture books, including Ben's Trumpet, a Caldecott Honor Book, which has been adapted to video and translated into a ballet by the Boston ballet company BalletRox in 2009.
Plot: Isadora features young ballerinas in a ballet class with a lovely little girl narrator to caption her changing scenes and her demonstrations of ballet-class exercises and positions. Thus, "We stand up on our toes in releve. We do a pass. Mr. Lucien [the teacher] corrects me. We do an arabesque. The hardest step for me is developpe a la seconde." And so on.
Born in New York City, Rachel studied at the School of American Ballet (associated with New York City Ballet). She danced with the Boston Ballet until a foot injury forced her to consider another career: book illustration. "I had always drawn for my own entertainment," says Rachel, "but I'd never had any instruction, so I took a collection of sketches to the first editor who would see me."
The result was Max, published in 1976 an ALA Notable Book. Work like this is a dancer's fantasy," she says. "Because ballet is so demanding, dancers' stage careers are short. They can only dream of going on and on forever. With art, I can go on and on, and for me it's the only work that compares in intensity and joy."
Hardcover, price-clipped DJ, duo color boards, grey has ballet dancer impression and title, red cloth spine and silver titles, 48 ivory colored pages, 8" x 10". Binding tight. Excellent vintage condition. Cover excellent/bright/clean/light shelfwear. Pages excellent/bright/ clean/some shelfwear includes inscription ffep/1pp-tiny tear-back ffep small tear/no writing. DJ good/general shelfwear includes some discoloration-spine tears-bites-edgewear-creasing.
Do not pass up this extraordinary ballet book, and the art is beautiful; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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