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Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins

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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 in
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Mary Librarian
I’m a sucker for anything ballet related. Like the simplicity of the rhyming text and the chance to learn about a ballerina who worked hard to make her dreams come true. From advance reader copy.
Ksandra
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC of this. The artwork is beautiful and the lyrical writing is phenomenal! All around its a fantastic story for kids and adults alike.
Akoss
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
We enjoyed learning about how nothing, not even awful racial segregation could stop Janet Collins from doing what she loved most: DANCING.
This is such an important book for all the little girls and boys out there dreaming big about dancing and performing on stages one day.
As an adult, I find that the writing style doesn't work for me, but my daughter didn't seem to mind, so we enjoyed reading the book as a family.
Gayle
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A beautifully illustrated story of Janet Collins first black prima ballerina. Wonderful story.
Danielle
Lovely minimalist text that conveys so much. Illustrations that pair perfectly, enhancing the story, and also capture a dancers movements.
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Read an ARC and just loved the lyrical writing of this beautiful story about Janet Collins, the first African American prima ballerina. It’s such a lovely story and well paced throughout. Very uplifting and at the end gives an author’s note about Janet’s story.
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Janet Collins loved to dance, was rejected more than once because of the color of her skin, but she always pursued a path and succeeded every time. Told in verse, with an author's note, source notes, and an additional websites list. The illustrator shows the passage of years, the ups and downs with interesting and beautiful choices of setting that include the characters' supporters, naysayers and experiences.
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