A dance like starlight : one ballerina's dream

by Dempsey, Kristy,

Format: Print Book 2014
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Summary
A story of little ballerinas with big dreams.

Little ballerinas have big dreams. Dreams of pirouettes and grande jetes, dreams of attending the best ballet schools and of dancing starring roles on stage. But in Harlem in the 1950s, dreams don't always come true--they take a lot of work and a lot of hope. And sometimes hope is hard to come by.

But the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins, did make her dreams come true. And those dreams inspired ballerinas everywhere, showing them that the color of their skin couldn't stop them from becoming a star.

In a lyrical tale as beautiful as a dance en pointe, Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper tell the story of one little ballerina who was inspired by Janet Collins to make her own dreams come true.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* It's hard to find stars in the sky over New York City, which means it's hard to wish on one. A young black girl living in Harlem in the 1950s has a big wish, though: to be a prima ballerina. Her mama says you don't need wishes to make a dream come true you need hope. When the Ballet Master at the ballet school where Mama works cleaning and sewing costumes notices the girl mimicking dancers backstage, he takes notice: The Ballet Master made an arrangement / for me to join lessons each day / from the back of the room, / even though I can't perform / onstage with white girls. There's another reason to hope, too. Janet Collins, the first black prima ballerina, is performing at the Metropolitan Opera House. The girl and her mama take three buses to see her leap and twirl effortlessly across the stage. Dempsey's lyrical prose soars as it depicts one girl's dream and her efforts to make that dream a reality. Floyd's hazy mixed-media illustrations capture 1950s Harlem, from streetscapes to fashions, while also shining a spotlight on a girl's aspirations. An inspiring introduction to Collins that will speak to little dreamers everywhere.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Growing up in 1950s Harlem, a girl dreams of being a ballerina, despite the huge obstacles of segregation and poverty. She's urged on by her hardworking mother, mentored by the Ballet Master (who allows her "to join lessons each day/ from the back of the room,/ even though I can't perform/ onstage with white girls"), and inspired by Janet Collins, the "first colored prima ballerina," who makes her debut at Metropolitan Opera while the girl sits in the balcony with her mother. "It's like Miss Collins is dancing for me,/ only for me," she thinks as she imagines herself leaping through the air alongside the beautiful, supremely confident Collins, "showing me who I can be." Although Dempsey's (Surfer Chick) prose-poem tends to be somber and sentimental, Cooper's (Max and the Tag-Along Moon) velvety, peach-hued pictures have passion, energy, and even flashes of humor, making the girl feel like a fully lived character. The story covers familiar inspirational territory, but has the benefit of serving as a brief introduction to the pioneering Collins. Ages 5-8. Author's agent: Kendra Marcus, BookStop Literary Agency. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Collins, Janet, -- 1917-2003 -- Juvenile fiction.
Collins, Janet, -- 1917-2003 -- Fiction.
Ballet dancing -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Discrimination -- Juvenile fiction.
Ballet dancing -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Discrimination -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1951- -- Juvenile fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1951- -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2014
Contributors Cooper, Floyd, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9780399252846
0399252843
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