Reference: Allen, D. (2000). Dancing In The Wings. New York: Puffin Books.

  • Book By & about African Americans

Brief Annotation: This book is about a girl named Sassy who is very tall and is extemely talkative. Sassy really wants to be a ballerina but she worries her big feet, long legs, and big mouth will keep her from making her dream of being a ballerina reality.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 4

Readers who will like this: African American readers will really enjoy reading this book because they look like Sassy, the main character. Also any reader who enjoys dance will also like this book. As well as any reader who has a dream and wants to read about one girl’s dream and how it is made possible.

Rating/Response 1-5:  4, I enjoyed reading this book because I think it has a good message about chasing dreams. I also really enjoy looking at more Kadir Nelson’s illustrations.

Text-Dependent Question: Name one reason Sassy thinks will get in the way of her becoming  a ballerina?