Friday, March 8, 2019

Brave Ballerina - The Story of Janet Collins


Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet CollinsTitle: Brave Ballerina - The Story
of Janet Collins 
Author: Michelle Meadows
Illustrator: Ebony Glenn
Publisher: Henry Holt, 2019
Intended Ages: 4-8
Themes: Dance, Biography, Diversity

Opening Line(s):
"This is the girl who danced in the breeze to the swoosh, swoosh, swoosh of towering trees."
 
Synopsis:Born in the 1930's, Janet Collins was a pioneer in the world of ballet. The first African American prima ballerina to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House.

What I like about this book: I love learning about extraordinary people I'm not familiar with. I knew about Misty Copeland's rise to fame at the American Ballet Theatre, but I had never heard of the remarkable Janet Collins who broke the same barriers years before at a different ballet company. Author Michelle Meadows tells the story in lyrical verse that never feels forced. The text talks about Janet Collins' ability to convey emotions through her gestures and movements and Ebony Glenn's illustrations capture these emotions beautifully -- disappointment, joy, perseverance. A great book for any child with big dreams.

Resources:
  • Michelle Meadows has a teacher's guide on her website
  • Dance! and ask your audience to guess what emotion you were trying to portray
  • Go to watch a dance performance (ballet if you can find it nearby!)
  • Write a thank you to your family for supporting you in something you like to do


This author/illustrator duo has a book about Simone Biles scheduled for release next year!


Note: I received a copy of this book as a random winner of an online contest. No review was required or expected in return.





This review is part of PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books. Organized and curated by author Susanna Leonard Hill, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF

12 comments:

  1. Perfect for International Women's Day.

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  2. Thanks, Joanna! So many amazing women we don't know about.

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  3. Wow...I'd never heard of her, either. Sounds like a great story.

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    1. Right, Lynn!! So many! I love books that fill in gaps.

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  4. Awesome book about another ground-breaking Prima Ballerina. Can't wait to read this one! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Maria! The fact that she was first and I had never heard of her blew my mind.

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  5. This looks like a lovely and inspirational #PB.

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    1. It is, Pat! She faced enormous obstacles (and some cruel ones!)

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  6. What an inspiring book for Women's History Month. I was not familiar with Janet Collins -- and excellent role model for girls.

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    1. That's what I thought! So many great women out there in many different roles.

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  7. What great opening lines! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Wendy!

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