Brave ballerina : the story of Janet Collins

by Meadows, Michelle,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary

A lyrical picture book biography of Janet Collins, the first African American principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. Janet pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint her skin white for performances, Janet refused. She continued to go after her dreams, never compromising her values along the way. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, Brave Ballerina is the story of a remarkable pioneer as told by Michelle Meadows, with fantastic illustrations from Ebony Glenn.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Told in verse, this picture-book biography of Janet Collins joins a growing number of books highlighting African American ballerinas. Most of the four-line stanzas begin with the words ""This is"" (""This is the girl / who danced in the breeze / to the swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, / of towering trees""). The text touches on the discrimination Collins had to overcome in order to realize her dream (""This is the dancer / who found her way in / but learned she would / have to lighten her skin"") and the acceptance she eventually found: This is the class, / a welcoming place, / that focused on talent / regardless of race. Earth-toned illustrations depict the fluid dance movements of ballerinas. The final spread shows Collins on stage at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1951, a real triumph. A tribute to a determined woman who, despite being met with resistance, went on to accomplish what she set out to do. An author's note, sources, and further reading materials are appended.--Maryann Owen Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Writing in gentle verse that calls to mind "This Is the House that Jack Built," Meadows introduces Janet Collins, a New Orleans-born ballerina who pursued dance in the 1930s and '40s. With her family's support, Collins perseveres despite being told to lighten her dark skin: "This is the girl/ with a broken heart./ But she bounced right back/ and made a new start." Glenn illustrates in warm yet muted digital art; dynamic spreads show Collins dancing in a red flamenco dress to the sounds of a jazz ensemble. In a final spread, Collins dances at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1951-becoming the first African-American prima ballerina to do so. Meadows offers readers an affectionate biographical story that emphasizes her subject's passion and determination. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Collins, Janet, -- 1917-2003.
Ballet dancers -- United States -- Biography.
Ballerinas -- United States -- Biography.
African American dancers -- Biography.
Ballet dancers.
African Americans.
Women -- Biography.
Stories in rhyme.
Dancers.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Glenn, Ebony, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781250127730
1250127734
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