• Firebird
  • Firebird
ISBN: 0399166157
EAN13: 9780399166150
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 4, 2014
Pages: 40
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 11.1" L x 10.1" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.

Lyrical and affecting text paired with bold, striking illustrations that are some of Caldecott Honoree Christopher Myers's best work, makes Firebird perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere.

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Firebird is applicable in so many situations. I am 65, with a 40 year career behind me and many more years ahead, I hope! Overt discrimination is so much more difficult to address than covert discrimination. Ms. Copland has presented this -- perceived as different, coping with the perception and overcoming it beautifully -- and wish so much grace. Her message, the solution is within me, and is said with poignancy and sensitivity. Firebird enjoyed very much! Kris is a Kristian.
   but I think they will enjoy the message
If you ever had a dream and knew that you would have to overcome some major obstacles, this is a wonderful book about the power of being a mentor to a young person embarking on a journey that will be rewarding but difficult. I have not yet shared it with any of my students, but I think they will enjoy the message.
   Beautifully illustrated, diverse, positive message
I bought it for my 2yo daughter and 7yo niece. It is beautifully illustrated, has diversity in ballet and is a very powerful and positive message. Misty and this book love absolutely!
   Gorgeous book
We need more stories that show the diversity, beauty and talent of people of color. This book has beautiful illustrations. It encourages children to reach their dreams and showcases the phenomenally talented Misty Copeland. Every little girl should be able to read this book.
Coupled with a quick ballet dress, also Amazon made a perfect gift for a 4 year old to enjoy and learn about this ballerina.
   Pros & cons
Definitely a book for if you have a girl who wants to dance and has some issues with self-image. The message is very specific, so not great for an overall message in a lesson. Kids who don 't know dance may not get much out of it.
   Could have gone further with Misty Copeland’s story
The book is beautiful and I was so excited to share it with my daughter, who loves to dance. Misty Copeland's story is important and significant and racial stereotyping is so real, widespread and damaging in the performing arts. I wanted my daughter to know this story, and so we watched video performances by Misty Copeland and talked about the significance of her success. Had my six-year-old dancing daughter picked this off the shelf and read it herself, she wouldn t have gotten the point.
This book did not meet my expectations. We needed a book about Misty Copeland for a school project, $11.99 later and Firebird is a children's book. Definitely not for a fourth grader report... disappointed. I am sure that this is a wonderful children's book, but it was not what my daughter needed.
   A Bit of History
The book is sold with the doll. I have loved them both absolutely. I think that the two together might be a little more pleasant for a four-year-old or five-year-old. They can better understand the story. I decided to keep my three-year-old familiarity with the story in the book, but hold the doll for awhile, since she kind of tosses it around like her others. After all, it is history.