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review 2018-06-17 22:38
Firebird - Misty Copeland,Christopher Myers
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This book is absolutely beautiful. I love the lyrical free-style writing. The imagery created in Copeland's words is gorgeous. She invokes pictures of "a dreaming shooting star of a girl" and "wrap[ping] our hearts careful as ribbons on pointe shoes". So beautiful. You can really envision what Copeland writes and it is magnificent. 

The illustrations are also fantastic. Myers really captures the precision and beauty of the ballerinas' movements on each page. Absolutely gorgeous.

The message is also beautiful. This is such an uplifting and inspiring book. I really enjoyed it. This book makes the reader really believe that he or she can do anything.

Fantastic. Well-done.
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review 2015-08-22 22:48
Book 70/100: Firebird - Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird
Firebird - Misty Copeland,Christopher Myers

Picked this book up for its gorgeous collage art. The images are so bright and vibrant, especially the backgrounds, and you can get lost picking out the different textures and patterns. The text is nice as well, connecting Misty Copeland with a young, black ballerina hopeful, for some exposure to the rare diversity in ballet. Hopefully it will become less rare over time.

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review 2015-03-08 16:46
Review: Life in Motion
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina - Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland was raised in poverty, at one point living in a motel and sleeping on the living room floor with her siblings. Forced to move as her mother went from man to man, the only constant in her life came when she started to dance and realized her dream to become a ballerina. LIFE IN MOTION is a "rags to riches" type story, concentrating mainly on Misty's earlier years and her goal to become a classical ballerina. While the last 1/3 of the book talks about her actual experiences with ABT (American Ballet Theatre), this is less of a story about her actually as a dancer, and more of her struggle to become one.

While I found her story interesting and inspiring, in some cases I was a little frustrated by the "oh woe is me" attitude in the book. Yes, she was poor... but she had a school teacher take interest in her, who paid for her ballet supplies for many years. When her ballet teacher Cindy saw that she was living in a motel, she was taken to live with Cindy and Cindy's family, where she resided for two years with essentially everything she needed provided to her. When Misty decided to go back to her mother, it was - in the end - her own decision... she could have gone through the emancipation process but decided not to, but then resented the fact that she had to go back and live at home. She had the opportunity to start with ABT the beginning of her senior year at high school, but it was her choice to stay at home another year and start after graduating.

There is also a lot of emphasis in the book on how racist the ballet world is, but considering that Misty managed to get scholarships for just about everything, was invited to join ABT before she even graduated high school, and was encouraged and given extra training by ballet teaches in multiple companies, I don't see the racism. Misty was a prodigy and was treated special because of that, regardless of her skin color. While I do admit that being black may make it more difficult to rise in the white-dominated world of ballet, Misty seems to have done well for herself and it doesn't seem to be the struggle she makes it out to be.


Source: www.amazon.com/review/R3NPBZ3WSVEYJB
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text 2014-05-25 03:47
Reading Roundup
Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) - Sarah J. Maas
A Mango-Shaped Space - Wendy Mass
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina - Misty Copeland
Airborn - Kenneth Oppel

Reading away as usual, but not feeling inspired to review anything. 


In the last week or so, I've finished


Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Crown of Midnight by Sara J. Maas

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mas

Life in Motion by Misty Copeland


And started:

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel


I'm off to read.

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