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Beautiful Ballerina

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A talented team of children's book creators craft a beautiful, stirring tribute to the grace and power of prima ballerinas everywhere.

Every little girl has the dream to become a prima ballerina! On today's ever-changing cultural stage, ballerinas come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. To celebrate the beauty of black ballerinas, here is a lush photographic pictu
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 23, 2009 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
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With beautiful pictures and beautiful words, Beautiful Ballerina presents the beautiful story of those who dance at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The text is concise and the photographs used to illustrate the text eloquently depict the beautiful movement that is ballet.

In a word: beautiful.

A little:
“To the traditions of port de bras and
arabesque, of pirouettes,
jetes, and pas de deux,
you bring a tiny hint of Africanness,
juju and beautiful joy danced in your every move.
Beautiful ballerina,
Jan 06, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Our girls love books about ballerinas and this one seemed at first to be merely a picture book about them. But it is so much more. The illustrations are pictures of four girls who are part of the Dance Theater of Harlem's community and pre-professional ballet programs, in various ballet positions and poses. And the narrative is a poem that challenges, encourages and celebrates their dancing abilities and their African heritage. It is a wonderful book and inspired our youngest to perform many of ...more
Chris Young
Jun 17, 2014 Chris Young rated it really liked it
Nelson's poem hilights the beauty, strength and resilience of African American ballet dancers, while Kuklin's photographs feature four ballerinas of varying age. An important book for helping students of all races and cultures understand that the arts are not just by and for white people.
Nov 20, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb, storytime
I like that this book is simple to read and includes real photos of dancers. It is aimed towards African-American girls. I would pick this over an illustrated version of ballerinas anytime.
Jun 09, 2010 Yoonmee rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book filled with photographs of young black dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem set to a poem. Made me wish I were 20 years younger and could become a ballerina!
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Marilyn Nelson is the author of many acclaimed books for young people and adults, including CARVER: A LIFE IN POEMS, a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and A WREATH FOR EMMETT TILL, a Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She also translated THE LADDER, a picture book by Halfdan Rasmussen. She lives in East Haddam, Connecticut.

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