Tallchief : America's prima ballerina

by Tallchief, Maria.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Juvenile Biography JUV 92 TALLCHIEF Maria
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  JUV 92 TALLCHIEF Maria
CLP - East Liberty Children's Biographies qj GV1785.T32 A3 1999
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Biographies
Call Number  qj GV1785.T32 A3 1999
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography qj GV1785.T32 A3 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
Call Number  qj GV1785.T32 A3 1999
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Non Fiction J 92 TALLCHIEF
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Children Non Fiction
Call Number  J 92 TALLCHIEF
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92T TALLCHIEF Tal
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 92T TALLCHIEF Tal
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j 92 TAL
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Easys
Call Number  E j 92 TAL
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B TALLCHIEF 1999
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J B TALLCHIEF 1999
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Non-Fiction j 92 TALLCHIEF
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 92 TALLCHIEF
Music flowed through young Maria Tallchief as naturally as the wind in her hair. She had only to hear a melody and out it came under her fingers on the piano or through her body in dance. When she was twelve her father told her that she would have to choose between piano and dance. "One or the other", he said, "but follow that one star". So Maria chose from the heart -- and she chose dance. It was a decision that would change not only the course of her life but the face of classical ballet in America forever.

From her early years on an Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma to her departure for New York, where her professional career was launched, the fascinating story of Maria Tallchief's rise to America's prima ballerina is sure to captivate the hearts of young readers and dance lovers alike.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-5. In picture-book format, Tallchief's story begins with her childhood on an Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma, where she took her first piano and dance lessons. After moving to Los Angeles, her parents found excellent teachers for the young dancer, who loved expressing the music with her body and worked hard to fulfill her aspiration to dance with the best, the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. The book ends with 17-year-old Tallchief leaving for New York to follow her dreams. In addition to the people and places remembered from childhood, Tallchief discusses the gift of music, which she and her parents recognized early as a driving force in her life. The joint authorship may cause some readers to wonder whose words are whose, yet the voice of the text speaks with great clarity, dignity, and power, occasionally lit by flashes of imagery and memory. Equally powerful and well crafted are the illustrations in heavily applied pastels. Gary Kelley grasps forms with a cubist's awareness of the solidity of people and objects, then arranges them to make an effective representational picture in two dimensions. Despite the book's large format and many illustrations, the length of the text and sophistication of the artwork indicate an older readership than the usual picture-book audience. A stirring choice for children (and perhaps some adults) who take their ballet seriously. --Carolyn Phelan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This volume, relayed in what PW called "metaphorical language," follows Tallchief through her adolescence, on the way to joining the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. PW wrote, "Kelly's softly focused paintings underscore the lyrical tone, enveloping the characters and settings in gauzy, dreamlike light." Ages 5-9. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Tallchief, Maria -- Juvenile literature.
Tallchief, Maria.
Ballerinas -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Osage Indians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Ballet dancers.
Osage Indians -- Biography.
Indians of North America -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Viking,1999
Contributors Wells, Rosemary.
Kelley, Gary.
Language English
Description 28 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0670887560
0803724128 (trade)
0803724225 (lib. bdg.)
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