The story of Prince Siegfried, his love for the enchanted Swan Queen Odette, and his mistaken profession of love to her...

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SWAN LAKE

The story of Prince Siegfried, his love for the enchanted Swan Queen Odette, and his mistaken profession of love to her double, Odile, is presented in a large-format picture book in which two pages of text alternate with double-page gray-toned illustrations in the manner of Maxfield Parrish--technically adept and, for better or worse, highly theatrical pictures. The text is simply stilted: ""I see you are aware this evening marks your coming of age,"" says the Princess Mother to Siegfried early on. ""But now I expect you to assume the responsibilities of your title. I wish you to marry, and a suitable wife must be found."" The monochrome look and the monotonous telling are hardly enchanting, but the story is authentic and the book will serve as a preparation for a performance or, less aptly, as a souvenir.

Pub Date: April 15, 1980

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1980