Instant New York Times bestselling series opener inspired by prima ballerina and author Misty Copeland's own early experiences in ballet.
From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet Coppélia--a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life.
Misty is so captivated by the tale and its heroine, Swanilda, she decides to audition for the role. But she's never danced ballet before; in fact, this is the very first day of her very first dance class!
Though Misty is excited, she's also nervous. But as she learns from her fellow bunheads, she makes wonderful friends who encourage her to do her very best. Misty's nerves quickly fall away, and with a little teamwork, the bunheads put on a show to remember.
Featuring the stunning artwork of newcomer Setor Fiadzigbey, Bunheads is an inspiring tale for anyone looking for the courage to try something new.
About the Author
Misty Copeland made history in 2015 when she was the first black woman to be promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, one of the most prominent classical ballet companies in the world. She is also the author of the award-winning picture book Firebird.
Setor Fiadzigbey was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. Since his childhood he has loved drawing and is grateful to be doing it professionally as a freelance artist now that he is all grown up. He loves stories--hearing, watching, reading, and creating them. He currently lives in Ghana with his lovely wife and daughter.
Praise for Bunheads:
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★ “Few picture books feature skilled youth dancers and even fewer star a girl of color, but this beautifully does both while simultaneously conveying the joy dancing can bring.” —Booklist, starred review
★ “Celebrates the joy of dance with a biographical glimpse of the young Misty in her first ballet class, auditions, and preparation for a performance of Coppélia. A muted color palette in digitally painted art highlights the technique and diversity of the dancers . . . [as] the author follows her young self through the audition process for dance roles, her questioning thoughts about her own talent, working with other dancers, and the sheer thrill of performance. . . This title is the perfect biographical addition for young readers interested in dance and the arts.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“The magical tale of a gutsy young ballerina, drawn from the barrier-breaking dancer’s own life.” —People
“The sense of movement, perspective, and depth [illustrator Setor Fiadzigbey] brings to Bunheads is like nothing I've ever seen. . . And you don't have to be a dance fanatic to enjoy it; while the vast majority of the action takes place in the studio or onstage, any child who has ever had a dream or felt passionate about something will find themselves in the book's pages. And frankly, even if a kid has never heard of a plié or seen the inside of a ballet class, the sheer joy on every illustration of Misty's face will probably have them pas de bourrée-ing around the house to see what all the fuss is about.” —NPR.com
“A gorgeous, inclusive tale . . [that] will inspire the next generation of dancers.” —Shondaland.com
“Bunheads features two young female dancers and friends . . . [and] while films and television sensationalize the ballet world as cutthroat with trash-talking ballerinas, Copeland depicts a much different environment where the characters champion one another.” —Parade
“In Bunheads, ballerina Misty Copeland tells the story of how she fell in love with dance.” —TIME for Kids