Title: Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird
Author: Misty Copeland Illustrator: Christopher Myers
Series: not applicable
Recommended for: Everyone, second grade and up. Especially dancers and people who love dance.
Pages: 32 pages (approximate)
Call Number/Link: E COPELAND, M.
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author’s note about dancers who led her to find her voice.
I recommend that all of you read this book. Its illustrations are striking and beautiful and the message is inspiring. Unfortunately, the text is more poetic than direct, which could be confusing to some readers (or listeners). I’m not sure of its child appeal, especially when kids are walking through the picture book area grabbing books that attract their attention. However, dancers and and dance fans will love it. Both protagonists are African American so it would fit in a Black History Month display. It could also be a good choice for Children’s Lit students and teachers who teach grades 3-12.