Swan lake

by Zwerger, Lisbeth,

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB ZWERGER Lisbeth
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB ZWERGER Lisbeth
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale qj FICTION Swan
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale
Call Number  qj FICTION Swan
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Picture Book E ZWE
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  E ZWE
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 398 ZWE 2002
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 398 ZWE 2002
Swan Lake is perhaps the best-loved ballet of all time. Hans Christian Andersen Medal-winner Lisbeth Zwerger brings her singular vision to a glorious picture-book adaptation of the haunting story of an enchanted swan princess. She has based her version on Tchaikovsky's original 1877 ballet, which had a happy ending, unlike the later, better-known, 1893 version. Her illustrations, luminous, lyrical, filled with grace and beauty, evoke the brilliance of the ballet and the universal appeal of this beloved fairy tale.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 2^-4. Confessing in an appended note that she had approached Swan Lake with mixed feelings because of its tragic conclusion, Zwerger found that her research supported a happier ending, based on Tchaikovsky's original version of the ballet in 1877. In this picture book, Zwerger offers a series of subtle, delicate paintings illustrating that story. Decorated with swans, boughs, and other figures and flourishes, a few bars of music appear on each left-hand page above the text, offering a musical context for each scene. Facing are large, bordered paintings that illustrate part of the story. Their magical yet somber tone and muted colors suit the many night settings. The delicately composed artwork also has surreal touches, such as the thundercloud that enters the ballroom above the villains' heads, and the swan's-head effects sometimes created with the swan queen's hands. Some of the finest pictures are compositions in black, white, and many shades of gray. Told with drama and illustrated with grace, this is a handsome interpretation of the story. --Carolyn Phelan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Drawing from the original 1877 ballet by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, which has a happy ending (unlike the more familiar, tragic 1893 version), Lisbeth Zwerger retells and illustrates Swan Lake, trans. by Marianne Martens. Her signature gauzy watercolors, framed in white borders, follow the prince from the eve of the prince's 18th birthday (Zwerger foreshadows events as one couple dances in the distance, while the solo prince links arms with a chain of guests) through the transformation of the Swan Queen and her friends, as they change from their human forms back into birds. These metamorphoses take on an eerily sensual quality; Zwerger creates the sensation that readers are intruders on a private moment. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fairy tales.
Publisher New York :North-South Books,2002
Other Titles Lebedinoe ozero.
Contributors Martens, Marianne, translator.
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Lebedinoe ozero.
Language English
Notes "A Michael Neugebauer book."
Based on Tchaikovsky's original 1877 ballet version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The ugly duckling.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, music ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780735817029 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0735817022 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780735817036 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
0735817030 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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