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Author Schubert, Leda, author.
Title Trailblazer : the story of ballerina Raven Wilkinson / by Leda Schubert ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III ; with a foreword by Misty Copeland.
Pub Info New York, NY : Little Bee Books, [2018]
Rating
book jacket
LOCATION CALL # STATUS 
 Brooks(Harwich)-Children  J 792.80 SCH     AVAILABLE
 South Yarmouth-Children's  J B WILKINSON SCH     AVAILABLE
 West Tisbury-Juvenile  J 792.80 SCH     DUE 08-09-21
Edition First edition.
Descript 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Accelerated Reader LG 5.7 0.5 0.5 194785
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "This beautiful picture book tells the little-known story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland. When she was only five years old, her parents took her to see the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Raven perched on her crushed velvet seat, heard the tympani, and cried with delight even before the curtain lifted. From that moment on, her passion for dance only grew deeper inside of her. No black ballerina had ever danced with a major touring troupe before. Raven would be the first. Raven Wilkinson was born on February 2, 1935, in New York City. From the time she was a little girl, all she wanted to do was dance. On Raven's ninth birthday, her uncle gifted her with ballet lessons, and she completely fell in love with dance. While she was a student at Columbia University, Raven auditioned for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was finally accepted on her third try, even after being told she couldn't dance with them because of her skin color. When she started touring with her troupe in the United States in 1955, Raven encountered much racism in the South, but the applause, alongside the opportunity to dance, made all the hardship worth it. Several years later she would dance for royalty with the Dutch National Ballet and regularly performed with the New York City Opera until she was fifty. This beautiful picture book tells the uplifting story of the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and how she became a huge inspiration for Misty Copeland. Theodore Taylor III's unique, heavy line style of illustration brings a deeper level of fluidity and life to the work, and Misty Copeland's beautifully written foreword will delight ballet and dance fans of all ages"-- Provided by publisher.
"When she was only five years old, her parents took her to see the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Raven perched on her crushed velvet seat, heard the tympani, and cried with delight even before the curtain lifted. From that moment on, her passion for dance only grew stronger. No black ballerina had ever danced with a major American touring troupe before. Raven would be the first. All Raven Wilkinson wanted to do was dance. On Raven's ninth birthday, her uncle gifted her with ballet lessons, and she completely fell in love with dance. While she was a student at Columbia University, Raven auditioned for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was finally accepted on her third try, even after being told she couldn't dance with them because of her skin color. She encountered racism in her travels while on tour, but the applause, alongside the opportunity to dance, made all the hardship worth it. She would later dance for royalty with the Dutch National Ballet and regularly performed with the New York City Opera until she was fifty. This beautiful picture book tells the uplifting story of the first African American ballerina to ever dance with a major American touring troupe and how she became a huge inspiration for Misty Copeland. Theodore's unique, heavy line style of illustration brings a deeper level of fluidity and life to the work"-- Provided by publisher.
Audience Age 4-8.
K to Grade 3.
Subject Wilkinson, Raven -- Juvenile literature.
Wilkinson, Raven.
Ballet dancers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Ballerinas -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American dancers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Ballet dancers -- Biography.
Ballerinas -- Biography.
African American dancers -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Biography & Autobiography -- Women.
JUVENILE NONFICTION -- People & Places -- United States -- African American.
JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Performing Arts -- Dance.
Genre Biography.
Add Author Copeland, Misty, writer of foreword.
Taylor, Theodore, III, illustrator.
ISBN 9781499805925 (hardback)
1499805926 (hardback)
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