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The Resource Trailblazer : the story of ballerina Raven Wilkinson, by Leda Schubert ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

Trailblazer : the story of ballerina Raven Wilkinson, by Leda Schubert ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

Label
Trailblazer : the story of ballerina Raven Wilkinson
Title
Trailblazer
Title remainder
the story of ballerina Raven Wilkinson
Statement of responsibility
by Leda Schubert ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
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Author
Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "This beautiful picture book tells the little-known story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland. When she was only five years old, her parents took her to see the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Raven perched on her crushed velvet seat, heard the tympani, and cried with delight even before the curtain lifted. From that moment on, her passion for dance only grew deeper inside of her. No black ballerina had ever danced with a major touring troupe before. Raven would be the first. Raven Wilkinson was born on February 2, 1935, in New York City. From the time she was a little girl, all she wanted to do was dance. On Raven's ninth birthday, her uncle gifted her with ballet lessons, and she completely fell in love with dance. While she was a student at Columbia University, Raven auditioned for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was finally accepted on her third try, even after being told she couldn't dance with them because of her skin color. When she started touring with her troupe in the United States in 1955, Raven encountered much racism in the South, but the applause, alongside the opportunity to dance, made all the hardship worth it. Several years later she would dance for royalty with the Dutch National Ballet and regularly performed with the New York City Opera until she was fifty. This beautiful picture book tells the uplifting story of the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and how she became a huge inspiration for Misty Copeland. Theodore Taylor III's unique, heavy line style of illustration brings a deeper level of fluidity and life to the work, and Misty Copeland's beautifully written foreword will delight ballet and dance fans of all ages"--
  • "When she was only five years old, her parents took her to see the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Raven perched on her crushed velvet seat, heard the tympani, and cried with delight even before the curtain lifted. From that moment on, her passion for dance only grew stronger. No black ballerina had ever danced with a major American touring troupe before. Raven would be the first. All Raven Wilkinson wanted to do was dance. On Raven's ninth birthday, her uncle gifted her with ballet lessons, and she completely fell in love with dance. While she was a student at Columbia University, Raven auditioned for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was finally accepted on her third try, even after being told she couldn't dance with them because of her skin color. She encountered racism in her travels while on tour, but the applause, alongside the opportunity to dance, made all the hardship worth it. She would later dance for royalty with the Dutch National Ballet and regularly performed with the New York City Opera until she was fifty. This beautiful picture book tells the uplifting story of the first African American ballerina to ever dance with a major American touring troupe and how she became a huge inspiration for Misty Copeland. Theodore's unique, heavy line style of illustration brings a deeper level of fluidity and life to the work"--
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  • Provided by publisher
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schubert, Leda
Dewey number
  • 792.8092
  • B
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Age 4-8
  • K to Grade 3
LC call number
GV1785.W527
LC item number
R38 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Taylor, Theodore
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wilkinson, Raven
  • Wilkinson, Raven
  • Ballet dancers
  • Ballet Dancers
  • Ballerinas
  • African American dancers
  • African American dancers
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Performing Arts / Dance
  • African American dancers
  • Ballerinas
  • Ballet dancers
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Trailblazer : the story of ballerina Raven Wilkinson, by Leda Schubert ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn989964044
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781499805925
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017005947
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)989964044
  • (Sirsi) a2008750
Label
Trailblazer : the story of ballerina Raven Wilkinson, by Leda Schubert ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn989964044
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781499805925
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017005947
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)989964044
  • (Sirsi) a2008750

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