professornana (professornana) wrote,

Swan Lake as you never saw it

I love Walter Dean Myers. Here is an incredibly talented man who has produced decades of fine books for children and teens and yet he continues to push the envelop when it comes to offering readers more and different stories. I blogged about DOPE SICK recently and here is his newest picture book, one for older readers to be sure. AMIRI AND ODETTE: A LOVE STORY (Scholastic, 2009) is a retelling of sorts of Swan Lake (yep, that one). Javaka Steptoe's illustrations, including the shifting type face (color, size, style) pushes the story from its beginning to the ultimately fateful ending. However, many readers will not be familiar with the ballet. Here is the perfect opportunity to connect media and show them how dance interprets story and how art interprets story and how culture can interpret story. I can say no more. This is a visual feast, one that dance and art and English teachers can all love and admire.
Tags: walter dean myers, ya picture books
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