You Should Meet Misty Copeland by Laurie Calkhoven, illustrated by Monique Dong

 You Should Meet Misty Copeland (Ready to Read, level 3; You Should Meet) by Laurie Calkhoven, illustrated by Monique Dong, Simon Spotlight, 2016.  9781481470438

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This easy reader biography of Misty Copeland is a winner on all levels, keeping up the high level of early reader non fiction of the Ready to Read, You Should Meet series. In 2015, Copeland became the first African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater. Five short chapters describe Copeland’s childhood in California, her family’s frequent moves, how she got started, and her rise in the corps de ballet. Copeland didn’t even begin dancing until she was a teenager, and she experienced injuries that some thought she would never overcome. The text explains Copeland’s challenges and triumphs with quick pacing and the perfect amount of information to keep newly confident readers going. I especially like that the appealing jewel-tone illustrations convey her physical growth and movement as a young person, by portraying relatable body depictions. Back matter includes sections on the five basic ballet positions, the history of ballet, and additional facts about ballet today.

To whom would you recommend this book? Other titles in the Ready to Read, You Should Meet series are Mae Jemison, Jesse Owens and Women Who Launched the Computer Age.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Easy readers

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: March 30, 2017

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