written Mary Lyn Ray
published by Beach Lane Books,
An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2014
In this mesmerizing picture book a young ballerina finds dancing inspiration in the natural world.
"There's a place I go that's green and grass,
a place I thought that no one knew--
until the day the deer came."
This gorgeous picture book from celebrated author Mary Lyn Ray features luminous and evocative art from Lauren Stringer and will capture the hearts of young dancers everywhere.
A Personal Note
When I first read Mary Lyn Ray's manuscript for Deer Dancer, I was whisked back to my past, when as a young adolescent I not only had a secret place I liked to go that no one knew, but I also longed to be a ballerina. I got a job as a receptionist at a dance studio close enough to ride my bike to and every afternoon I took at least two dance classes, eventually getting en pointe. When Mary Lyn Ray writes:
"Hold your head as if you are wearing antlers," and "Listen with your cheekbones," it sounded so right with my adolescent body-memory.
When I made sketches of the ballet classroom, I knew "Nona" would have to look like my first dance teacher, Ursula. She always wore her light blond hair tied back in a tight bun and she always wore a black skirt with a black top and pink tights with pink ballet slippers. She had a lovely accent, being from Canada. She was my "Nona".
Before beginning on the originals for the book, my painting wall was covered with images I had collected and small painted sketches for the interior art. So much green filled my studio for months, it was very therapeutic during the long Minnesota winters.
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