Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two by Patricia Lee Gauch

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Tanya, the irrepressible heroine of Dance, Tanya, returns to join her new friend Emily, a young girl with a special talent for dancing, in a remarkable pas de deux at the winter dance recital.
 

About Patricia Lee Gauch

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Author and editor Patricia Lee Gauch was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 3, 1934. She received a B. A. in English Literature from Miami University in Ohio, a M. A. in Teaching from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and a Doctorate in English Literature from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Before she began writing children's books, she was a newspaper reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal and freelanced for the Detroit Free Press. She has written over thirty children's books, which have received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards and citations. In 1985, she became the Editor-in-Chief of Philomel Books and was the editor for Caldecott Medal winners Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and Lon Po Po by Ed Young, as well as the Caldecott Honor winner Seven Blind Mice, also by Ed Young. She has taught children's literature at Rutgers University and Drew University and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times. She is currently the Vice-President and Editorial Director of Philomel Books and lives in Hyde Park, New York. Satomi Ichikawa was born in Gihu, Japan, and moved to Paris in the 1970s. She is known for the warmth and charm she brings to her characters and has won numerous awards for her book illustrations. Satomi is perhaps best known in the United States as the illustrator of Dance, Tanya by Patricia Gauch.
 
Published September 28, 1994 by Philomel. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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while this book does not provide much help with pronunciations or exact translations, it compares ballet steps to animal movements.

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Talented little Tanya is growing up, and she’s starring now in her sixth story from collaborators Gauch and Ichikawa (Presenting Tanya the Ugly Duckling, 1999, etc.).

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The beguiling preschooler who won the right to go to dancing lessons with her big sister in Dance, Tanya (1989) discovers that the class poses an unexpected challenge: distracted by the teacher's claps and her loud counting voice, Tanya has trouble following the music.

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Soon the two are taking turns: Tanya dances a flamingo and Emily a penguin, Tanya a leopard and Emily an antelope, then both dance giraffes, and Emily shows Tanya that a cabriole is really ``a leaping, wild goat.'' And at the next recital, they do a spirited (if not perfectly matched) pas de deux.

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PreS-Gr 2-The very first line of this wonderful book sets the stage: ""Little Tanya adored the ballet..."" The softly rendered watercolors show a youngster imitating her big sister, Elisa, as she practices her ballet positions.

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Tanya gets the toe shoes she's been dreaming of in Tanya and the Red Shoes by Patricia Lee Gauch, illus.

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At first Emily is ``always alone'' and Tanya ``always goes her own way.'' But when the two girls meet by chance in the park zoo, Tanya's imitative, free-spirited ostrich dance captivates Emily, who joins with Tanya to dance the flamingo, the panther, the giraffe and the ``wild leaping goat'' (oth...

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