Firebird – Misty Copeland

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  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399166157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399166150

Winner of the 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
Received the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award New Writer Honor
An NPR Best Book of 2014

An Amazon Best Book of 2014 – Ages 6-8
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014
Essence Magazine Best Children’s Book of 2014

EXCERPT from School Library Journal:
A poetic dialogue between an aspiring young dancer and the American Ballet Theater’s soloist comprises the text of this stunning picture book. Copeland provides words of encouragement to boost the dreams of an African American girl whose desire to be a ballerina is hampered by her low self-image and lack of confidence. “I was a dancer just like you,” Misty tells her, “a dreaming shooting star of a girl/with work and worlds ahead.” Copeland’s title role in Stravinsky’s The Firebird serves as the theme for Myers’s signature paint and collage illustrations, which feature full spreads bursting with color and excitement. Elongated forms and slanted geometric shapes are infused with a color palette of browns, yellows, and fiery reds contrasted with cool blues, purples, and splashes of white. Scenes of dynamic action and quiet serenity work together to move the narrative forward, leaving readers with a sense of hope for the future of the young dancer. The author includes a note that discusses her own struggle and need for affirmation, acknowledging those who helped her along the way. A very successful collaboration, appealing to all and particularly valuable to collections on the performing arts.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

Rationale for Inclusion:
This beautifully illustrated, award winning book belongs in every home, classroom and public library. The illustrations are stunning and fluid, depicting the geometry of dance and performance. This book introduces young readers to topics like self-esteem and performing arts. Highly recommended!

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