Firebird (Children's Book)

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Firebird (Children's Book)
By Misty Copeland
Illustrations by Christopher Myers

In Firebird, her first picture book for children, ballerina Misty Copeland inspires a young girl to have confidence in herself, and encourages her to reach new heights and dance like the Firebird. Illustrator Christopher Myer’s striking illustrations capture the spirit and energy of the Firebird ballet, as Misty shows that hard work and dedication can help you reach your dreams.

“A poetic dialogue between an aspiring young dancer and the American Ballet Theatre’s soloist comprises the text of this stunning picture book… which feature[s] full spreads bursting with color and excitement...” – School Library Journal

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 4, 2014)
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches

About the Authors
Misty Copeland is a ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre, and has also written a memoir Life in Motion. She performed Firebird at the Metropolitan Opera House in June 2012, her first casting as a lead. Christopher Myers is an award-winning author and illustrator.



In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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