Firebird
Firebird

Firebird

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Author: Copeland, Misty

Brand: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Illustrated

Features:

  • Putnam Publishing Group

Binding: Hardcover

Format: Picture Book

Number Of Pages: 40

Release Date: 04-09-2014

Details: Product Description In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird. Lyrical and affecting text paired with bold, striking illustrations that are some of Caldecott Honoree Christopher Myers's best work, makes Firebird perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere. From School Library Journal Gr 2–6—A poetic dialogue between an aspiring young dancer and the American Ballet Theater's soloist comprises the text of this stunning picture book. Copeland provides words of encouragement to boost the dreams of an African American girl whose desire to be a ballerina is hampered by her low self-image and lack of confidence. "I was a dancer just like you," Misty tells her, "a dreaming shooting star of a girl/with work and worlds ahead." Copeland's title role in Stravinsky's The Firebird serves as the theme for Myers's signature paint and collage illustrations, which feature full spreads bursting with color and excitement. Elongated forms and slanted geometric shapes are infused with a color palette of browns, yellows, and fiery reds contrasted with cool blues, purples, and splashes of white. Scenes of dynamic action and quiet serenity work together to move the narrative forward, leaving readers with a sense of hope for the future of the young dancer. The author includes a note that discusses her own struggle and need for affirmation, acknowledging those who helped her along the way. A very successful collaboration, appealing to all and particularly valuable to collections on the performing arts.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Review Praise for FIREBIRD: Winner of the 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Received the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award New Writer Honor An NPR Best Book of 2014 An Amazon Best Book of 2014 – Ages 6-8 An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014 Essence Magazine Best Children’s Book of 2014 “The language soars into dizzying heights of lyrical fancy… Myers’ artwork... pulsate[s] with kinetic synergy… A starscape filled with visual drama and brilliance.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Ballet dancer Misty Copeland makes her children's book debut with this inspiring love letter to young people, containing breathtaking illustrations of airborne dancers by Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Myers… Brava!”— Shelf Awareness, starred review "An inspirational picture book for children daunted by the gap between their dream and their reality."— Booklist “A poetic dialogue between an aspiring young dancer and the American Ballet Theater’s soloist comprises the text of this stunning picture book… which feature[s] full spreads bursting with color and excitement… A very successful collaboration.” — School Library Journal “[A] soaring debut picture book by American Ballet Theater star Misty Copeland… Myers’ extraordinary artwork captures the mystique of the Firebird ballet and Copeland’s indomitable spirit. This is a tale that will inspire all up-and-comers.” — BookPage “Scenes of an older dancer guiding a young student… reinforce the feeling that Copeland is speaking directly to readers… Myers paints portrait after portrait of Copeland dancing, placing the images against collages of colored paper whose curves, sunbursts, and radiating rays echo the rhythms of the dancers' movements… a strong impact.”— Publishers Weekly “Firebird celebrates optimism—the mentality that you will succeed if you set your mind to it. And we think that’s a pretty darn awesome message.”— Dance Spirit “World-renowned ballerina Copeland shows that the power and grace she displays on the stage translates to the page as well, paired with Myers' strong illustrations.”— HuffPost Books “Ame

Package Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches

Languages: English

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