I know I have already posted this, but this time it is actually Alice’s birthday. Today Alice Provensen is 96 years old. I wish her a very happy birthday and a big thank you for all the amazing work she has done over the years. You can see details from this piece here on my website.

Tales from the Ballet. Selected and adapted by Louis Untermeyer. Illustrations by Alice and Martin Provensen. Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1969.

“Ballets are stories with music but without words. The dancers express what is happening in pantomime, by movement and gesture. However, in telling these stories I have put words into the mouths of the characters.” So this marvelous, magical collection of ballet stories came to be.

Ballet illustration. Tales from the Ballet, selected by Louis Untermeyer (Golden Press, 1968). Illustration by Alice Provensen (American, born 1917 or 1918) and Martin Provensen (American, 1916–1987).

The Provensens were an American couple who illustrated more than 40 children’s books together, 19 of which they also wrote and edited. According to Alice, “we were a true collaboration. Martin and I really were one artist.”