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Bibliographic Information: Dempsey, K. (2014). A Dance Like Starlight. New York, NY: Philomel Books.

Annotation: This book takes place in the 1950s in Harlem. A young African American girl dreams of being able to attend ballet schools and dancing on stage. Her dreams came true when Janet Collins, the first African American prima ballerina, demonstrated that the color of your skin doesn’t stop you from doing what you love.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: K-3

Readers who will like this book: children learning about the 1950s; children learning about Janet Collins.

Response/Rating(1-4): 4; This book perfectly demonstrates the passion and determination of one little girl to become a ballerina like Janet Collins.

Text Dependent Question: Why was she not able to dance on stage with the other white girls?

 

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