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Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)

Illustrated by Frank Morrison


Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)

About the Book

Perfect for newly independent readers—discover the amazing life of one of America’s top ballerinas, Michaela DePrince, whose story is soon to be told in a major motion picture directed by Madonna.
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 StarsGood 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.

Product Details

On sale: October 14, 2014
Age: 7-9 years
Grade: Grades 6-8
Page count: 48 Pages
ISBN: 9780385755153
Reading level: Lexile: 660L | Fountas/Pinnell: P

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.


"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