Author: Misty Copeland
Illustrator: Christopher Myers
Copeland, M., & Myers, C. (2014). Firebird. New York, NY, United States: Putnam Pub Group.
Coretta Scott King Award -- 2015
Reading Level: Ages 5-10
Genre: Fiction / Picture Story Book
Summary: American Ballet Theater soloist, Misty Copeland, encourages a young ballet student to continue to work hard and learn the basics of ballet in order to succeed someday. The young ballet student has a lot in common with Misty Copeland, including the color of her skin.
Likes: I really liked the illustrations in this story and the diversity. My favorite part of this story is the message that it provides to young children. The author does a great job encouraging young ballet students to work hard in order to achieve their goals. She is very inspirational in her dialogue. I also liked the figurative language used to help visualize events and actions in the story.
Dislikes: The only dislike I have about this book is that it is labeled K-3. I feel the wording of the book is not appropriate for a very young child and may cause some confusion in the comprehension of the text without guidance.
K.RL.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
K.RL.3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
K.RL.9: With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
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