of Janet Collins
Author: Michelle Meadows
Illustrator: Ebony Glenn
Publisher: Henry Holt, 2019
Intended Ages: 4-8
Themes: Dance, Biography, Diversity
"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.
- 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