Ballerina Dreams: A True Story

Ballerina Dreams: A True Story

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312370299
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 10.64(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: AD860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Lauren Thompson loved ballet class when she was a child, although she never got the chance to participate in a ballet recital. In creating Ballerina Dreams, she drew inspiration from her own memories as well as from conversations with the girls, their parents, and their teacher, Joann Ferrara. Ms. Thompson worked as a children's book editor for eighteen years before becoming a full-time writer. Her many picture books include Polar Bear Night, which was a New York Times bestseller, and the Mouse's First and Little Quack series, and most recently, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.

James Estrin is a senior staff photographer for the New York Times and was part of a New York Times Pulitzer prize-winning team. His work has appeared in dozens of books, including A Nation Challenged, Portraits of Grief, The Century in Times Square, and Jews in America, and in thousands of newspapers and magazines throughout the world. He lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, the writer Randy Banner, and their two children, Elizabeth and Marshall.

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Once upon a time there were five little girls who shared a dream. They wanted to be ballerinas and dance on stage like their sisters and cousins and friends.

But it would be hard for these girls to make their dream come true. They had cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities, which meant their muscles didn’t move the way they wanted them to. Some wore leg braces. Some used wheelchairs and walkers to get around. But these girls were determined. They had a dedicated teacher. Every week they practiced. They worked hard. And one day they were ready.

Ballerina Dreams is an inspiring true story of love, hope and courage for everyone and anyone who has ever wished (and worked) hard enough to make their dreams come true.

Lauren Thompson loved ballet class when she was a child, although she never got the chance to participate in a ballet recital. In creating Ballerina Dreams, she drew inspiration from her own memories as well as from conversations with the girls, their parents, and their teacher, Joann Ferrara. Ms. Thompson worked as a children’s book editor for eighteen years before becoming a full-time writer. Her many picture books include Polar Bear Night, which was a New York Times bestseller, and the Mouse’s First and Little Quack series, and most recently, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.

James Estrin is a senior staff photographer for the New York Times and was part of a New York Times Pulitzer prize-winning team. His work has appeared in dozens of books, including A Nation Challenged, Portraits of Grief, The Century in Times Square, and Jews in America, and in thousands of newspapers and magazines throughout the world. He lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, the writer Randy Banner, and their two children, Elizabeth and Marshall.

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Ballerina Dreams: A True Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all ages and teaches that anyone can have dreams no matter what a disability they may have. Joann has touch everyone lives even my daughter who has benefit from her class. So everyone should get this book for their little ballerina
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing. The story is so moving, and the pictures are beautiful. You can not help but feel such pride for each and every one of these little girls. As a mother of a child with a disability, I know just how difficult the littliest things can be for my child. To be able to get out there and dance with the help of some truly amazing teenagers, these girls are doing what most little girls are doing these days.......DANCING, DANCING, DANCING... Everyone who has/had a child or children should get a copy of this book. This book should especially be bought by every parent that has a healthy child. Imagine what types of lessons can be learned from this story. I recommend it highly.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a non-fiction text that tells the story of five little girls who have cerebral palsy and who learn ballet. This book has a very positive message and does a good job of journaling the experiences of the five girls with text and photographs.
SJeanneM on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A real story about a ballet class that has girls in it that have cerbral palsy which of course makes it very difficult for them to do ballet. It is the story of them overcoming their different barriers and performing for their family and friends at the end of the year in a performance. It is very inspiring, but it does have a lot of words and some hard concepts for younger readers. I would recommend for a 5-10 yo age range. Good information at the end about understanding what cerebral palsy is.