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Ballerina Dreams

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  10 reviews
One windy day, a magazine blew down the road. I reached out and caught it. A pretty picture of a woman was on the front cover of the magazine. She wore a short pink dress that stuck out around her in a circle. She looked very happy.

At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at
Published April 6th 2017 by Faber Faber
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Sophie Crane
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A true story that charms from the cover with delightful illustrations by Ella Okstad. This easy-to read-small chapter book tells the true background of the ballerina Michaela dePrince. In a matter-of-fact style, it describes how she was brought up in an orphanage in Sierra Leone, but then became one of the world’s leading ballerinas. Along with a sterling message that hard work and persistence pay off, this book highlights a young woman defying expectations and rising to the top of her field. Ch ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a nicely illustrated book, perfect for anyone who has a dream, however big or small and it identifies that it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from. You ambition and dreams can come true with a bit of determination and faith.

Reading this as an adult I feel gives a totally different opinion of the story and perhaps some of these thoughts and feelings may not be obvious to children. I think this would be an enjoyable book for adults and children alike.

I would like to thank th
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such an adorable book and story. The illustrations are so cute, and I think for little girls and boy it will be so inspiring. It is all about working hard to achieve your dreams - no matter what they are!
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5/3 sterren

Maak je dromen waar als je iets wil en ga ervoor. Dat is wat Michaela DePrince wil overbrengen en dat lukt!

De uitvoering van het geschreven verhaal vind ik alleen iets minder. Voor de leeftijd 8-10 jaar vind ik het net iets te kinderlijk geschreven met illustraties voor jongere kinderen.
Bepaalde woorden (bijvoorbeeld de balletpassen) vind ik weer lastiger en worden ook niet allemaal uitgelegd. Iemand die (nog) niet thuis is in de balletwereld begrijpt dit mi
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Allen & Unwin for review.

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Michaela is an orphan in Sierra Leone when she finds a magazine with a picture of a dancer on it, inspiring her learn ballet. Through being adopted and moving to a new country, she holds on to her dream and works hard to make it come true.

Ballerina Dreams is the early reader version of DePrince's memoir Hope in a Ballet Shoe. DePrince herself hails from Sierra Leone, where she live
The first time I saw Michaela DePrince was on Dancing with the Stars and I thought she was magical. This book, as the blurb says, is a younger-reader edition of her memoir.

It tells the story of Michaela was inspired by a photo of a ballerina she found. It’s about the orphanage in Sierra Leone, her friendship with Mia (who later was adopted by the same woman that adopted Michaela so they became sisters), the lessons and determination to fulfil her dream, overcoming her shyness and wha
Een lief boekje, maar ik vond het toch net iets te kinderlijk en simplistisch geschreven. De tijd liep ook erg vreemd, het ene moment was ze een kind, het volgende tiener/volwassen.
De tekeningen waren best leuk, ik vond vooral de gezichtexpressies op de hoofdpersoon leuk, hoe blij ze keek toen ze de kans kreeg om ballet te doen, haar verrassing toen ze iets nieuws leerde.
Bianca Schrijft
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een leuk boekje, met een duidelijke boodschap over vriendschap, liefde, dromen, maar ook oorlog. Je kunt dit boek voorlezen en samen kijken naar de mooie tekeningen of door de beginnende lezer zelf laten lezen. Volledige recensie op mijn blog.
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A beautifully-written early reader detailing the life of ballerina Michaela DePrince. Perfect for dancers, obviously, but a super book to demonstrate the power of resilience and determination for any child.
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Michaela DePrince was born in war-torn Sierra Leone during the decade long civil war that took place there. After rebels killed her father, and her mother died, her uncle left her at an orphanage. There she was taunted and abused by the women who cared for the children because she had a skin condition called vitiligo, which made her appear spotted. While there Michaela found a magazine stuck to th ...more