A story of little ballerinas with big dreams.
Little ballerinas have big dreams. Dreams of pirouettes and grande jetes, dreams of attending the best ballet schools and of dancing starring roles on stage. But in Harlem in the 1950s, dreams don’t always come true—they take a lot of work and a lot of hope. And sometimes hope is hard to come by.
But the first African-American prima ballerina, Janet Collins, did make her dreams come true. And those dreams inspired ballerinas everywhere, showing them that the color of their skin couldn’t stop them from becoming a star.
In a lyrical tale as beautiful as a dance en pointe, Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper tell the story of one little ballerina who was inspired by Janet Collins to make her own dreams come true.
is a poet, writer, and librarian who is living her dreams in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She is also the author of Me With You,
illustrated by Christopher Denise. You can visit her online at www.kristydempsey.com. Floyd Cooper
always dreamed of becoming an artist, and now has illustrated dozens of books for children. He received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry
and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
and I Have Heard of a Land . . .
He lives in New Jersey with his family.