Ballerina dreams : a true story

by Thompson, Lauren, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 792.8 Thompson
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j RJ496.C4 T46 2007
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Childrens' Room j 792.8 THO
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Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Non-Fiction J 792.8 THOMPSON 2007
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 792.8 T37
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Robinson Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J SPORTS DANCE THOMPSON
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 792.8 THO 2007
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Once upon a time there were five little girls who shared a dream. They wanted to be ballerinas and dance on stage like their sisters and cousins and friends.

But it would be hard for these girls to make their dream come true. They had cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities, which meant their muscles didn't move the way they wanted them to. Some wore leg braces. Some used wheelchairs and walkers to get around. But these girls were determined. They had a dedicated teacher. Every week they practiced. They worked hard. And one day they were ready.

Ballerina Dreams is an inspiring true story of love, hope and courage for everyone and anyone who has ever wished (and worked) hard enough to make their dreams come true.

Ballerina Dreams is the winner of the 2008 Bank Street - Flora Stieglitz Award.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For children with muscular disorders like cerebral palsy, fulfilling a desire to dance isn't as easy as signing up at the local ballet studio. For five such children, a class run by a physical therapist and an exciting, end-of-year recital offer a place to shine. In focusing on more than just one child, and often referring to the dancers as a group ( they feel like real ballerinas at last ), this unusual photo-essay sometimes risks reducing its subjects to triumph-over-adversity symbols. But concluding profiles help to individualize each girl, and throughout, the images of openly thrilled performers, all supported from behind by teen helpers, are affecting in the extreme. With adult guidance, this will support character-education units about perseverance, and young dancers drawn by the pink jacket (which doesn't hint at the girls' physical challenges) will emerge with a new empathy for those whose outward differences tend to set them apart. A welcome, straightforward endnote about CP concludes this memorable book, whose sales will help support the program it spotlights.--Mattson, Jennifer Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Inspired by a 2006 New York Times article, this poignant photo-essay taps Thompson's (Polar Bear Night) storytelling talent and Times photographer Estrin's behind-camera skill to chronicle a ballet recital given by five unlikely young dancers. The performers, ranging in age from three to seven, all have various disorders such as cerebral palsy; for them, raising their arms, holding themselves upright and maintaining their balance can be feats requiring very hard work. Thompson frames their story as one of a dream come true (the performance incorporated "When you wish upon a star..." to make the same point), and in describing the girls' work with their teacher, New York City physical therapist Joann Ferrara, the author stresses what these girls might have in common with the audience-their excitement, their delight in their tutus and tiaras, their last-minute jitters, their unmistakable pleasure in dancing. With similar effect, close-up portraits introduce the five girls, all shown beaming, before readers see full-body shots revealing their leg braces and the teen helpers who support the dancers onstage. An especially attractive design breaks each spreads into blocks of text, solid pink panels, and group and individual photos. The insightful presentation encourages readers not only to identify with the dancers, but to draw inspiration from them as well. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ferrara's Dancing Dreams program. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cerebral palsied children -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Ballet dancers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Ballerinas -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Cerebral palsied children.
Ballet dancers.
Publisher New York :Feiwel and Friends,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Estrin, James.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
ISBN 9780312370299
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