Brave Ballerina | Janet Collins Biography | Diverse Children's Books
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Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins
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 into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint her skin white for performances, Janet refused. She continued to go after her dreams, never compromising her values along the way. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, Brave Ballerina is the story of a remarkable pioneer as told by Michelle Meadows, with fantastic illustrations from Ebony Glenn.
I wish I had this story while teaching first and second grade. The information is easy to understand, and the illustrations are eye-catching. The bold font makes the words jump off the page, and the brightly colored vocabulary words match the words in the diagrams, making it easy for the reader to learn new words and make connections. Imani did a great job explaining the life cycle of a plant. Additionally, she encourages her readers to do a hands-on experiment with planting a seed and recording the data. Hands-on projects are a brilliant way to introduce young children to the scientific method. Imani knows how to reach her audience and keep them engaged. Her readers will love seeing Imani take a selfie with a plant. The Golden Life of Sally Sunflower will inspire children to learn more about plants and explore becoming scientists.
This children’s book hits “home” My children are grown now and are educators. I know they would’ve loved this book because of the fun facts and seeing families that resemble them and their friends. Even as adults we enjoyed reading it and I’m looking forward to more adventures of Malachi and Karelle.
Love the color and fit.
It was nice to shop with various options on diversity. My children love their book about promises. We will continue shopping for more books!
The messaging and graphics in this book are very well done! Highly recommend!
Fantastic books, illustrations are great, messaging is great. So happy you all are doing this work!
I have to speak about this book ASAP because @laurensimonepubs (Instagram) was so kind to send me a copy to review. In short, I was and am still in awe at every detail and illustration. This book has a wealth of knowledge. This book exemplifies what the adage means, “Big things come in small packages.” If you want a quick and easy way to share with your kiddo what different cultures wear, why and how, you absolutely need this book. There is no book like it! Even as an adult it was a good refresher for multi-cultural traditional and non-traditional clothing. I even learned new information as well. I implore you to get this book ASAP and share it with your class, your kiddos in your family, everyone. 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you again @laurensimonepubs for sending me this. I am incredibly grateful and have already been bragging about how truly amazing, educational, and artistic this book is. I plan to tell everyone I know about it. #LaurenSimonePublishing #ThingsWeWear #MustReadASAP #ChildrensNonFiction #BookReview #FiveStarBook #Multicultural #Diversity #ThankYou Everyone please follow @laurensimonepubs and check out the books they have and all about them on their website! I feel so honored to have been gifted a copy of this book by them. Thank you so so much. Please follow @laurensimonepubs on Instagram, check out their website at www.laurensimonepubs.com #LaurenSimonePublishingHouse
This book is so fun! Beautiful illustrations and musical story.
I like the varied range of occupations presented in the book. 4 Stars
As a Mom I love how thorough these books are about different ways to communicate, occupations, types of clothes and travel. Our favorite book was the one about types of travels. The occupations book is a little long for bedtime but a great resource and we’re reading a few pages each night. My 3 year old loves listening to these and looking at the illustrations. I love The diversity of the images.
I love this book! When I purchased it, I intended to read it to my lovely kids in the classroom. Obviously, I have to rethink this. So, Olivia Lauren's Occupations A to Z: A Guide to Jobs and Careers Book will be read and discussed via Google Meet in my Google classroom on Monday. I will try to share a snippet with you!