(born 1953) is an American illustrator and writer of children's books, especially picture books
. She is most famous for ''Ben's Trumpet'' (runner-up for the 1980 Caldecott Medal
, or Caldecott Honor Book), which has been adapted to video and was also translated into a ballet by the Boston ballet company BalletRox in 2009. The more than 150 children's books Isadora has written and illustrated span a wide variety of topics, including ballet
and dance, American urban culture and family life, life in Africa
, and traditional fairy tale
s. Isadora was a professional ballet dancer before an injury led to a change of careers. In addition to freelance writing and illustration, Isadora shows and sells oil paintings, many of which reflect her love of dance, as well as her experiences living in Africa and New York City.
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