by Laurence Anholt (Barron's Educational)
Marie wanted to be the most famous ballerina in the world, but it was hard to find enough money for lessons. So she began modeling at the ballet school for the artist Edgar Degas. As Degas' figure of "The Little Dancer" took shape, Marie began to feel sympathy for the bad-tempered artist and when the sculpture was finished, she became the most famous dancer of all. An exquisite introduction to the life of a great artist, with beautiful impressionistic illustrations and reproductions of Degas' own work.