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Presenting Tanya the Ugly Duckling

Gauch, Patricia Lee

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ISBN 10: 0399232001 / ISBN 13: 9780399232008
Published by Philomel Books, New York, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A clean, crisp second printing copy. Signed by Gauch on half title page. Dust jacket in a new mylar cover. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 035855

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Title: Presenting Tanya the Ugly Duckling

Publisher: Philomel Books, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Ichikawa, Satomi

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed By Author

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When Tanya's ballet teacher, Miss Foley, chooses her to dance the lead in the spring recital of The Ugly Duckling, Tanya wonders, Why? Right from the start, rehearsing is hard. Tanya feels clumsy. "Poor Tanya," she hears someone whisper, "she really is an ugly duckling." She wonders if she will ever get the dance right. It is at the dress rehearsal that she truly becomes the duckling, and in becoming the duckling, rises magically to her role as the ballerina swan.

With Satomi Ichikawa's shimmering pastel watercolors, Patricia Lee Gauch's newest story of the littlest dancer is a multi-layered testament to the swan waiting to emerge within each of us.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3Another lovely story about the young ballet student that will appeal to children who feel left out or unable to accomplish as much as their peers. In Tanyas sixth picture-book appearance, she is selected to dance the title role in The Ugly Duckling ballet at her school recital. As the children rehearse, the other pupils improve, but Tanya, who feels as though she has two left feet and no wings at all, cant seem to get the movements right. Finally, at the dress rehearsal, the music, the costumes, and the drama transform her into the Ugly Duckling and Tanya is ready to perform. The expressive watercolor paintings, many of them wordless double-page spreads, capture all of the beauty of a ballet performance. As Miss Foley tells the story to the dancers, small paintings set above the text reflect the events she describes, showing a scrawny chick that blossoms into a graceful swan. Tanyas poses, motions, and emotions echo those of the duckling. In all of the paintings, Ichikawa makes effective use of line and shadow to create the illusion of movement and mood. Take a bow, Tanya!Susan Pine, New York Public Library
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