I HAVE ANOTHER LANGUAGE: The Language is Dance by Eleanor Schick

I HAVE ANOTHER LANGUAGE: The Language is Dance

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In spare prose and soft-pencil illustrations, Schick (a former dancer who studied with Martha Graham and Alvin Alley) evokes a day in the life of a young African-American performer, beginning with a glimpse of home and school but focusing on dance class and her first stage appearance, when ""every movement feels more real than it ever has before"" and when last night's dreams combine with the morning's first hint of spring to create ""Things I can't say in words,"" but can suddenly express with dance. The appealing soft gray of the illustrations is just right for this mood piece; with precise yet understated line and gentle shading, Schick depicts the narrator's joy and captures the special grace of a memorable performance.

Pub Date: March 31st, 1992
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Macmillan