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 Degas, painter of ballerinas
 Author: Rubin, Susan Goldman

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2019)

 Dewey: 759.4
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 60 p., ill. (chiefly col.), 26 cm

 BTSB No: 769497 ISBN: 9781419728433
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Degas, Edgar, -- 1834-1917
 Ballet dancers in art

Price: $6.50

The wonders of the ballet world through the work of Edgar Degas from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 8.30
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 77244

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/19)
   School Library Journal (04/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 4–7—Edgar Degas (1834–1917), a towering figure of French Impressionism, is best known for his closely observed, behind-the-scenes paintings, drawings, and sculptures of Paris Opera ballerinas in classes, rehearsals, and performances. In this handsomely designed book, prepared in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which holds all but two of the volume's marvelously reproduced artworks), Rubin uses clear, economical, graceful prose to describe the perfectionist master's life and career, artistic techniques and media, and painstaking approach to craft. Through narrative and art, readers meet some of his models and sympathize with aspiring young dancers coping with exhausting daily practice. Students also learn that Degas struggled for years with failing eyesight, which was the eventual impetus for his venturing into sculpture. Numerous quotes by and about Degas, and informative captions further enhance this title's portrait of both the artist and his prolific output. Ballet students and non-dancers alike will appreciate the liberal use (and definitions, via text, art, and glossary) of terminology. Elegant design flourishes include a pink-ribbon-like covering of the book's spine and illustrations throughout of toe shoe–like laces in many of the pages' margins. The excellent back matter includes notes, glossary, ballet terms, a list of where to view Degas artworks, and bibliography. VERDICT This title is highly recommended for public and school libraries. Useful for report writers, in art history units, and as supplementary fare for dance students and those preparing to attend a ballet recital and/or a Degas museum exhibit.—Carol Goldman, formerly at Queens Library, NY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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