I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book! The book brings together two powerhouses - the professional ballerina Misty Copeland and children's book author and illustrator Christopher Myers.
Copeland created a poetic text to highlight the story of an older dancer encouraging a younger one. The book affirms the power of believing in somebody and her potential. It is a timeless message, and we always need more books on this topic. In the world of children's books on dance, we still need so many more books that portray children from a variety of backgrounds, showing that dance and the arts can be in their lives and in their future. Children want to see themselves in a book and relate to the characters.
Misty Copeland is an important figure in ballet in the United States. She is only the third African American soloist to perform in the American Ballet Theatre.
Myers's signature artwork - I believe a combination of collage and painting - just adds another layer to the power and beauty of this picture book. It is a must for your library collection.
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