Lili Backstage by Rachel Isadora
(Picture Puffins)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

When Lili takes her routine trip to the ballet theater to visit Grandpa Max, he is nowhere to be found, but as soon as she hears the lovely notes of the French horn, she knows the music will lead her straight to him.
 

About Rachel Isadora

See more books from this Author
Many children dream of becoming dancers, musicians, actors, and artists, but few have the opportunity, the skill, and the determination to live out those dreams. Rachel Isadora is the exception. When she was young, she wanted to be a ballerina--and she became one. And now she has firmly established herself in a second career as an artist with an impressive string of picture books, including "Ben's Trumpet", a Caldecott Honor Book. Born and raised in New York City, Rachel studied at the School of American Ballet (associated with the New York City Ballet) as a Ford Foundation scholarship student. She danced with the Boston Ballet until a foot injury forced her to consider another career: book illustration. "I had always drawn for my own entertainment," says Rachel, "but I'd never had any instruction, and I wasn't sure how to proceed. So I just took a collection of sketches-odds and ends on bits of paper-to the first editor who would see me. She suggested I do a book about what I knew best." The result was "Max", published in 1976 and named an ALA Notable Book. Since Max, Rachel has written and illustrated many other books, and has illustrated three books by her editor, Elizabeth Shub. When Rachel begins a new book, she first imagines the story through the pictures. I 'see' each illustration separately," she says. "I write a description of what I envision on each page; then I go over it with my editor and make revisions. Next I do the actual drawing, and finally I write the text." Rachel Isadora lives in New York City with her two children. When she is not busy with her family, she spends most of her spare time drawing. "Work like this is a dancer's fantasy," she says. "Because ballet is so demanding, dancers' stage careers are short. They can only dream of going on and on forever. With art, I can go on and on, and for me it's the only work that compares in intensity and joy.
 
Published March 17, 1997 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Lili Backstage

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

The winning ballerina from Lili on Stage and Lili at Ballet returns for some behind-the-scenes action. Ages 3-8. (Nov.)

Nov 01 1999 | Read Full Review of Lili Backstage (Picture Puffins)

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A former dancer whose daughter is enrolled at New York City's prestigious School of the American Ballet, Isadora presents ballet with familiarity and respect--she romanticizes neither the suffering nor the glory, and emphasizes only Lily's dedication.

| Read Full Review of Lili Backstage (Picture Puffins)

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

The winning ballerina from Lili on Stage and Lili at Ballet returns for some behind-the-scenes action. Ages 3-8. (Nov.)

Nov 01 1999 | Read Full Review of Lili Backstage (Picture Puffins)

Rate this book!

Add Review