While wandering around the library I saw some books on display about Edgar Degas, the famed artist. I realized that today is his birthday. I remembered a book I loved that told the story of his famous sculpture, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years. Sadly my favorite book about Degas was not on display...luckily I can recommend it here today~
Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt has always been one of my favorite biographical picture books. It came out in a time when there weren't that many books like it. This beautifully illustrated picture book told the true story of how a famed artist created an iconic sculpture. When I was in the stores I liked to read it during a ballet story time, especially if there were older children in the group. I also always recommend it to anyone looking for a ballet book as a gift. It is the perfect book for little ballerinas everywhere. A classic book that spawned others but is still timeless today.