Firebird, Copeland/Myers

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Author Misty Copeland
Illustrator Christopher Myers
Format Hardcover
Pages 40
Publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13 978-0399166150

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl — and every girl — whose confidence is fragile and who questions her own ability to reach the heights 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 make Firebird perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere.

About Misty Copeland:

Misty Copeland came to ballet late at the age of thirteen and went on to make history by becoming a soloist at American Ballet Theater only a few short years later. She is the second African American soloist in ABT’s history and the first in more than two decades. Performing in a variety of classical and contemporary ballets, Misty’s most important part to date is the title role in The Firebird. Misty’s passion is giving back, especially by mentoring children. She has worked with many charitable organizations and has been honored with an induction into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame. She is also the author of Life in Motion, her memoir. Firebird is her first children’s book.