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Discover the life of Misty Copeland—a story about changing the world through dance, for kids ages 6 to 9
Misty Copeland is the first Black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. Before she made history as a ballerina, she was a determined girl who loved watching gymnastics and dancing on the drill team. This book explores how Misty went from being a shy young girl growing up in California to a world-famous ballet dancer and a role model to many people.
- Independent reading—This Misty Copeland biography is broken down into short chapters and simple language so kids 6 to 9 can read and learn on their own.
- Critical thinking—Kids will learn the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Misty's life, find definitions of new words, discussion questions, and more.
- A lasting legacy—Celebrate Black History Month as you find out how Misty worked hard and overcame many obstacles to fulfill her dream of becoming a great ballerina.
How will Misty's dedication and positive outlook inspire you?
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About the Author
FRANK BERRIOS is a Puerto Rican writer born in Spanish Harlem, New York City. He’s the author of The Story of Joe Biden, The Story of Stan Lee, and The Story of Misty Copeland, among others. Learn more at FrankBerriosBooks.com.
"There are so many aspects of this book that will motivate young readers. It's written so well as it takes you through the life of Misty Copeland, who had the vision to become a principal dancer with ABT, despite so many hurdles. Young readers can connect to the courage and strength to achieve all she has, as they set their life vision to fulfill all of their desires." —Amparo Chigui Santiago-Woods
"The Story of Misty Copeland is a wonderful addition to any classroom or home library. As a mom and teacher who prioritizes learning about heroes from diverse backgrounds, I used this book to continue to instill within the young people in my life the value of perseverance and overcoming obstacles, whether they be financial, societal, or physical. I am overjoyed to be able to celebrate Misty and her accomplishments through engaging literature for children!" —C. Ines Mangual, MSEd, educator and mom
"For any young girl of color who second guesses themselves and questions their dreams, The Story of Misty Copeland will inspire them to reach for the stars. Frank Berrios guides us through Ms. Copeland's journey of accomplishing her dreams, despite numerous obstacles and setbacks. Truly inspirational!" —Renee Melendez, educator and author
"Whether you're a boy or girl, rich or poor, all are welcome to imagine: Do dreams really come true? The Story of Misty Copeland by Frank Berrios will invite young readers to dream big and believe dreams really can come true with sacrifice and willingness to work hard. While Misty faced many obstacles on her journey as a ballet dancer, young readers will be so inspired to learn how Misty's perseverance and visions for the future led to her becoming the first Black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre." —Deirdre Rock, adjunct professor for teacher education