Posted on July 13, 2012. Filed under: Ballet, Girls' Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Young Clair-de-Lune is the daughter of a famous dancer in the 1850’s. Her father is gone, never talked about, and her mother is gone, too. Clair-de-Lune’s mother was called La Lune, and she danced a solo in a ballet about swans long before Anna Pavlova and “The Dying Swan.” ¬†One night, when Clair-de-Lune was just a baby, La Lune danced her solo. As she laid down on the floor in the final step, she died. Clair-de-Lune was backstage during that performance, and she has not said a single word since. So now Clair-de-Lune lives with her grandmother, and learns to dance. But one day she meets a mouse that can talk and dance, and she determines to learn to speak.

This is a very intriguing story. One particularly interesting point is that Clair-de-Lune never says anything, yet the writer compensates for it with vivid descriptions of what happens. This is a good book for dancers, but it is also imaginative. It is fascinating to learn why Clair-de-Lune can’t talk, also. I highly recommend this book to people who don’t want an adventure, but a thoughtful story.

Clair-de-Lune by Cassandra Golds. Copyright 2006. 197 pages.

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This sounds so improbable to me, that I think I’d prefer “Princess of the Wild Swans”

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