Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Ballerina (Step Into Reading, Step 4)
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Read along and learn about a young girl named Michaela who began life as a young orphan in Africa, and who hard work and practice, became a professional ballerina! A true story, this Step 4 beginning reader features challenging vocabulary, short paragraphs, and an exciting story. Recommended for grades 2 to 3.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 0385755155
ISBN-13: 9780385755153
Ages: 7-9
Series: Step into Reading

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Perfect for newly independent readers—the amazing true story of Michaela DePrince, one of America’s top ballerinas.
 
At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela never forgot the photo of the dancer she once saw, and quickly decided to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true. She has been dancing ever since and is now a principal dancer in New York City and has been featured in the ballet documentary First Position, as well as Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, and Oprah magazine.
 
Young readers will love learning about this inspiring ballerina in this uplifting and informative leveled reader. This Step 4 Step into Reading book is for newly independent readers who read simple sentences with confidence.

Author Bio

Michaela DePrince graduated from the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in New York, and is a dancer with the Dutch National Ballet. She travels between Amsterdam and New York City, where she lives with her family.

Editorial Reviews

"An engaging story of triumph, ideal for novice readers." —School Library Journal

"A title sure to attract ballet aficionados, with added appeal for its depiction of an adoptive family and a ballerina who just happens to be black."--Kirkus Reviews

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