Alicia Alonso : prima ballerina

by Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.,

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography qj GV1785.B348 B47 2011
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection qj GV1785.B348 B47 2011
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Alicia Alonso's artistic achievements are remarkable, considering that she became partially blind and lost her peripheral vision at age nineteen. From childhood, she exhibited a passion for dancing, studying first in Cuba and later in New York City, where she became an overnight sensation in Giselle and was promoted to principal dancer in Ballet Theater. Returning to Cuba in 1948, she founded her own company, which eventually folded due to lack of funding. In 1959 the Cuban government gave her enough money to establish a new dance school, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, which Alonso directs to this day.

In elegant free verse and stunning artwork rendered in watercolor, colored pencils, and lithograph pencils on watercolor paper, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and Raúl Colón capture the seminal events in Alonso's life. The back matter includes a biography, Alonso's ballets, choreography, and awards, a glossary, sources, notes, and websites.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Similar in form and concept to many of Bernier-Grand's previous books, this beautiful volume offers a biographical account of ballerina Alicia Alonso through a sequence of free-verse poems, extensive background notes, and large-scale illustrations. Beginning with Alonso's childhood in Cuba, the book relates how she moved to New York in 1937 and overcame partial blindness to dance again, winning worldwide renown. Alonso returned to Cuba in 1948 and founded a ballet company and a school. Though she later left for political reasons, she returned when Castro came to power. Alonso danced until she was 74 and still leads Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Colon contributes a series of handsome illustrations created with watercolor, colored pencils, and lithograph pencils. The verse skillfully distills a lifetime of events and emotions into images of significant moments. Frequently woven into the text are quotes from Alonso, those who knew her, and published works identified in the appended notes section, which is quite informative. Also included in the back matter are a prose biography, a glossary, and a detailed list of sources, which notes several interviews that the author conducted in Cuba. Well researched and beautifully designed, this is a suitable celebration of a significant figure in the world of ballet.--Phelan, Caroly. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bernier-Grand's (Diego: Bigger than Life) free-verse picture-book biography follows one of 20th-century ballet's most gifted-and steeliest-ballerinas, tracing her climb to the rank of prima ballerina assoluta and her battle to continue dancing as she loses her sight. Spiced with the Spanish of her native Cuba and full of poignant detail (her husband-to-be, seeing her dance, decides on the spot to study ballet so he can be her partner), Bernier-Grand's account does not flinch from Alonso's complex relationship with the Cuban government ("Why do you find killings by Castro/ more acceptable than killings by Batista?" picket signs read), nor from the physical punishment that is the reality of dance ("Dry blood has glued her toe shoes to her feet"). Colon's (Play Ball!) portraits have the dramatic scale of Depression-era murals; they capture Alonso's grace and celebrate her strength, too. There's little frilliness; Alonso's will to live and to dance seems like a force of nature, and the story, which follows her from childhood through her professional career and into retirement, has the scope of an adult work. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Alonso, Alicia, -- 1920-2019 -- Juvenile literature.
Alonso, Alicia, -- 1920-2019.
Ballerinas -- Cuba -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Ballet dancers.
Publisher Tarrytown, NY :2011
Edition First edition.
Contributors Colón, Raúl, illustrator.
Language English
Description 64 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-61).
ISBN 9780761455622
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