My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins is a lyrical tribute that both informs and inspires. Providing the reader with an introduction to the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera House. It will Inspire them to excel beyond any barriers to reach heights never once thought possible. The illustrations are warm but those lines! I love Ebony Glenn’s lines. They are graceful and on point, capturing the beauty of each balletic motion, and will surely tickle the fancy of every ballerina’s heart.
Michelle Meadows’s words are poetic, empowering, and uplifting; brilliantly bringing Janet Collins’s story to life from that first spark of a dream to that gratifying moment of fulfillment. From the inside flap where the summary lives to the author’s note at the end, every reader will enjoy this book. And if it incites them to want to learn more, they can check out the websites that are referenced in the book’s back matter. I look forward to adding this book to our collection and am thrilled to share it with my students.
Michelle Meadows | https://www.michellemeadows.com/
Ebony Glenn | http://www.ebonyglenn.com/
(I’m pretty sure I now have another illustrator to love. Please do check out her gallery on her website)
Henry Holt & Company | https://us.macmillan.com/henryholt/