"The idea for Sophie's story came to me while I was watching a swan swimming on a pond. I thought, 'What if this graceful, exquisite creature decided to become a ballerina?'" Alegra Kent, principal dancer, New York City Ballet

"The theme of Ballerina Swan is one that I have employed in my own stories: find what you love to do, then persevere, practice, and take chances; learn from failures to master skills and become freely creative. This story is a uniquely charming iteration of my favorite theme." Emily Arnold McCully

Joan Acocella, The New Yorker:"These anatomical subtleties, together with their social and aesthetic consequences, are brilliantly - at times, piercingly - rendered by the book's illustrator, Emily Arnold McCully."

From Kirkus Reviews, STARRED: "McCully, a Caldecott medalist, uses watercolors and pen-and-ink for delicate and detailed paintings. Sophie is imbued with a winning personality."

From School Library JournaL, STARRED:"McCully's famed delicate pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork is an ideal match for the topic. The artist balances the comic (Sophie using an Ipod for practice) with the sublime..."

 

Allegra Kent demonstrating ballet positions

School Library Journal interview with Allegra Kent