Swan Lake
Mark Helprin Chris Van Allsburg
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May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM By Mark Helprin Chris Van Allsburg

The two time Caldecott medalist illustrates Mark Helprin s enchanting story of the characters in Tchaikovsky s famous ballet.
  • Title: Swan Lake
  • Author: Mark Helprin Chris Van Allsburg
  • ISBN: 9780395498583
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover


Emma May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
This version of Swan Lake (1989) is written by Mark Helprin with fabulous color illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg. The story, of course, is very similar to the famous ballet.An old man lives on a mountain with a young girl who, as children of her type often do, wants to venture down from the safe seclusion of their mountain to find her parents. Seeing this, the old man tells the girl a story to show her what she will encounter below: A story about a prince and a princess named Odette. As the o [...]
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Rosemary May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
The kids and I are immersing ourselves in Tchaikovsky's ballet. This is a bit above their comprehension level--maybe for age ten or so? But I enjoyed reading it for myself!
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honestly mem May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
A lovely, lovely poem of a book, bittersweet and gentle. Swan Lake was a delight to read and I imagine the emotional impact will remain much the same upon a second go around. Mr Helprin's prose is gorgeous and evocative; though his descriptions occasionally drag on a bit longer than necessary and though he does disgress quite a bit, each sentence is a work of beauty. Mr Van Allsburg's illustrations are equally pleasing, interspersed throughout the book to great effect.I cannot adequately express [...]
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Gnomad May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
This is a retelling of the ballet, but with significant changes (like the fact that Odette hasn't been transformed into a swan). Interesting read, but it took away the magic and enchantment of the story and replaced it with too much preaching about the dangers of politics and the failings of the bourgeoisie. I also got very distracted by the prose. It felt like one of those college essays where the student is trying too hard to use 25c words when a 5c word would do better.
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Jeannygrey May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
Это, кажется, один из самых странных сказочных пересказов на моей памяти.Во-первых, конечно, Хелприн книжку писал для очень интеллектуальных младенцев - поди пойми все его отсылки и витиеватые обороты.Во-вторых, сказкой этот мрачненький реализм можно назвать с большой натя [...]
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John Yelverton May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
Sweet story that can be enjoyed by everyone, provided they read the book first.
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Becky May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
The writing was lovely and the story felt more unique than an original short version would've. The illustrations were nice as well. But as with most fairy tales (?) it was a little messed up here or there. And maybe because it was such a short book, but I didn't feel too sad about all the tragedy.
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Julia May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
I grew up in a world that frequently revolved around ballet so Swan Lake was one of those whose occasional pictures would float out to my eyes and then the animated movie that also appeared in my early years just added upon it. With so much influence in my life you would have thought that I would have had a chance to see the actual ballet but I haven't. This book was one that my sister and I had found at a library sale while she made mention that she has already read it several times to my young [...]
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Lin May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
Gorgeously written, but ultimately hollow. The characters have little purpose in the story beyond setpieces for the lovely prose. Odette is barely in it and says next to nothing. We know very little about her. A SIGNIFICANT amount of this novel is dedicated to stating over and over again the dangers of society and the overindulgence of pleasure vs. the simplicity of nature, and as a result there's little to no character depth or development. While it is gorgeously written, it was impossible for [...]
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Judy May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
I googled 'Swan Lake' before I sat down to write this review. I wanted to know more about the ballet, and I wondered if this were based on a folk tale. It sounds to me like there's a basic plot, which has been elaborated for different purposes. Maybe Helprin wrote his own version reflecting how he interpreted the ballet. Not having any prior expectations, I wasn't disappointed.I would not read this to children. It's not inappropriate, but they'd find it boring. There's too much political discuss [...]
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Aldean May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
One of the most treasured books of my childhood and adolescence. I discovered this just at the peak of my obsession with all things even vaguely Russian, and the combination of Helprin's elegant re-telling of the story with van Allsburg's sumptuous color plates made a book that I regularly checked out of the public library and pored over hour after hour. Disappointingly out of print by the time I thought to obtain it, I was just this past year able to secure a copy of my own. A rich and beautifu [...]
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Sarah Britton May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
You should own this book and read it often. Be sure to get your hands on an out of print hard copy - the illustrations will live inside of you. I sob every time I finish this book so I have to be sure I'm not around anyone who would think I'm a weirdo (like my kids! - yeah that's right it's a "kids book" - but don't read it to your kid unless you want to blubber all over them)
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Sarah May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
A beautiful but very sad version of the Swan Lake story.
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(F.O.P.) Friend of Pixie May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
What makes this book, which is a retelling of the ballet, are the luminous illustrations by Chris van Allsburg. If you liked his Polar Express, you’ll love these. The story is compelling. The problem for me, as the reader-aloud, is the stilted style of Helprin’s prose. I appreciate that he’s trying to recreate Ye Olde Faerie Tale style, but he’s trying way too hard. It makes the story cold and distant. Logan liked like the story line enough that we are moving on to the sequel, but the st [...]
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Michael May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
An amazing retelling of the Swan Lake story with wonderful illustrations. This is not a children's book, as the vocabulary seemed above a high school level. The story itself is a fantastic fairy tale told from the point of view of a servant to a young girl. The twist at the end was worth the read. Helprin's poetic words provides the illusion of the fairy tale and Van Allsburg's illustration brings it to life. And then I realize this is the first story of a trilogy.
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Dakota Morgan May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
Favorite book of all time. The essential example of how words can be magic. So good that it makes me lose my words in attempting to describe it.As an aside, I have no idea what the original ballet story of Swan Lake is like, but I'm certain this isn't it. So, if you're going into the book expecting a straight adaptation, expect disappointment.
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Veronica O'Brien May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
A beautiful fairy tale, written by Mark Helprin. A classic that could never get old. The book is beautifully presented with an easy to read Index and with illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg (born in Grand Rapids!). I think this book is a great one to read with any age. It promotes creativity and imagination and can be connected to the Traditional Literature curriculum with upper elementary!
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Steven Perry May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
The usual magic from this writer who isn't talked about enough, in my view. Van Allsburg's illustrations really bring it to life, not that Helprin's gorgeous prose needs the help. Helprin expands from the famous story to make it his own, yet images from from Balanchine's version of the ballet came to me as I read it. Complex as it is, this should easily appeal to readers of all ages.
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Jocelyn Bennion May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
'The best way to know someone is by watching him work or struggle, for then he forgets himself and his qualities either shine through or stay dark.'
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Caitlyn Hutchison May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
This is a re-read from childhood. I've always found this story magical, and it did not disappoint this time around.
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Tim Armstrong May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
The first Van Allsburg's I bought that wasn't written by the man himself. But no less wonderful and it contains some of Van Allsburg's finest illustrations - they are sensational.
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Abby Goldsmith May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
The illustrations are amazing.
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Eric Hinkle May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
This is the first book I've read by Mark Helprin. I love the way he writes, full of wit and wisdom. It's a bit more wordy and weighty than I was expecting, as I thought it was a children's book. Would probably be good for 'tweens and teens, though. Some of Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations here seem unusually uninspired, but when it comes to the forests, lakes, and swans, he's in full swing - those are gorgeous as ever.
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Melissa May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
An un-enchanting retelling of Swan Lake. Terrible writing style, disenchanting plot, and poor character values.1. The writing style is very stiff and overly wordy. His descriptions of scenes and characters come across as drawn-out, unimportant to the rest of the plot, and more like a tortured death than a poet end. Readers will lose interest frequently.2. The author takes away the magic but adds nonsensical fluff. In an attempt to make the story seem more real, the author dismisses magic complet [...]
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Natalia Lindquist May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
Swan Lake is wonderful book that was originally an orchestral ballet composed by Tchaikovsky. Odette is a beautiful girl that is captured by Rothbart and put under a spell that makes her a girl by day and a swan by night. A young prince sees Odette in the woods and they fall in love with one another. A mirror image of Odette named Odile tricks the prince into thinking it is his love. The prince wants to win his love back and aims toward Rothbart with his bow and arrow but accidentally hits Odett [...]
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Lenny Husen May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
Beautifully written, a children's book that adults should enjoy reading out loud. I had always wanted to know the plot of the ballet (which I've never seen) and this book not only fits the bill, but deserves to become a classic. This story simply isn't in any other book of fairy tales that I have owned or read, and the writing is wonderful. I liked how the author never quite admitted to any magic (people turning into swans) but there was enough there for the reader to draw his/her own conclusion [...]
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Carol May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
I really admire author Mark Helprin and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. And I love Swan Lake, the ballet. So I wanted with all my heart to love this book. It is gorgeous, printed on wonderful paper, and the illustrations are brilliant. Still, somehow, the narrative failed to succeed with me as a fairy tale. There was too much wonderful New York style intellectualism, I often thought. Though its structure worked and I enjoyed the surprise at the end of this version of the tale, I struggled trying [...]
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Jason May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
What a wonderful book (and series) -- beauty in their language and illustrations. Classic Mark Helprin prose, long (sometimes laborious) but always beautiful language. This is a lyrical story with gorgeous yet simple illustrations. I have read a few reviews and some speak to what a child favorite this story is, but I found, when reading it to my 9 year old and 5 year old, that the very reasons I love Helprin (his language, winding sentences, immense vocabulary) were major stumbling blocks to enj [...]
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Alexis Gonzalez May 30, 2020 - 14:50 PM
This book is illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg and it makes the story seem so much more magical. I love the ballet, so I was also excited to read this story. It tells a story within a story. The old man tells the girl a story about a prince and a princess named Odette. As the old man relates the story of these star-crossed lovers, it becomes apparent that their fate is intimately linked with the young girl. What is different is that the main characters do not even speak. However, the illustratio [...]
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