Publisher: G.P. Putnam & Sons

Book Review: Misty Copeland’s Firebird

Book Review: Misty Copeland’s Firebird

A standalone story that is inspired by Misty Copeland’s own rise as a ballerina. In 2015, Firebird won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award New Writer Honor. In 2014, it was voted an NPR Best Book, an Amazon Best Book for Ages 6–8 as well as Amazon Best Book of the Month [September], and was Essence Magazine’s Best Children’s Book. To be fair, I suspect most of these awards are because it’s written by a black ballerina with a young black heroine. No, I’m not trying to be nasty. I’m simply unimpressed with the supposed “story”. My Take The inside end papers are a collage of textures from yellow to deepest orange. The inside graphics are similar to the cover with its modern blocks a collage of texture and color. I did love the collage effect of odd shapes of paper that make up the sky, the skyline, the water, the pavement and windows. The stage floor and the red curtain were amazing! My favorite parts of this book are those graphics AND the fact that the young and aspiring ballerina is a young black girl. If you’re looking for a book with […]

Posted January 21, 2017 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's / 0 Comments