for Dance! by Elisha Cooper
Elisha Cooper brings what has become his trademark blending of quiet, keenly detailed writing and subdued yet highly expressive art to a book that follows the work of a professional dance company preparing for an opening night. As with his other books in the same style, Country Fair (1997), Ballpark (1998), and Building (1999), all published by Greenwillow, Cooper writes about the bustle of activity suggested by his subject. The delight is in the details and also the design. In Dance, Cooper focuses not only on the dancers, who “lie in a puddle on the floor” after a grueling rehearsal and practice over and over as the days pass, but also on other aspects of behind-the-scenes activity, such as costumes, lighting, and publicity. On some pages the words are laid out to suggest the shape of the action or object being described. There is wit, grace, and a sense of intimacy in both the writing and the watercolor-and-pencil art of Dance. (Ages 6–11)
CCBC Choices 2002 . © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002. Used with permission.
Presented as a sketch book and journal, this book offers paintings and thoughtful text of Cooper's observations of dancers as they rehearse and perfect their moves. Ideal for dancers, those who dream of being dancers, patrons of the arts of any age, and anyone who relishes a sneak-peek of what goes on behind the scenes. Full-color illustrations.
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