In this, her first book for children, she establishes a dialogue with an imaginary young girl, also black, who is full of doubts. Myers extraordinary artwork captures the mystique of the firebird ballet and copelands indomitable spirit. Illustrator christopher myers striking illustrations capture the spirit and energy of the firebird ballet, as misty. The hardcover of the firebird by misty copeland, christopher myers at barnes.
The libretto and choreography were composed by michel fokine. Misty copeland on broadening beauty and being black in ballet. It was published by templar publishing in the united kingdom and by candlewick press in the united states. Firebird is a 2010 picture book written by saviour pirotta illustrated by catherine hyde. A perfect introduction for children who want to learn about ballet. Ballet dancer misty copeland makes her childrens book debut with this inspiring love letter to young people, containing breathtaking illustrations of airborne. Misty copeland on broadening beauty and being black in. Ballerina misty copelands childrens book leaps for. Firebird won an aesop accolade from the american folklore society and a best book. In her debut picture book, misty copeland tells the story of a young girl.
Jul 12, 2016 misty copeland has become quite the inspiration for many little girls and young women around the world. Firebird is a book that helps teach kids about chasing their dreams. Ballerina misty copeland shows a young girl how to dance like the firebird. While the book s firebird references are not explained the prokofiev ballet is copelands signature role, it doesnt keep the book from making a strong impact. Although the firebird was the work that elevated stravinsky to international renown, he was offered the commission to compose the. American ballet theater soloist misty copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Misty copeland, and is an encouraging and lyrical account of the hard work that it takes to reach the heights of the firebird. American ballet theatre soloist misty copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that someday, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. A soaring debut picture book by american ballet theater star misty copeland myers extraordinary artwork captures the mystique of the firebird ballet and copelands indomitable spirit.
The story of graeme murphys firebird is a strange and wonderful tale of good and evil, enchantments, love and malice the original ballet of the firebird, first performed by serge diaghilevs ballets russes, was a collaboration between diaghilev, the composer igor stravinsky and the choreographer michel fokine. This is a beautiful retelling of the firebird, which should enchant both children and adults. Children s literature awardwinning author jane yolen takes the classic russian folktale of the firebird and creates a compelling story which is sure to become a family favorite. Zharptitsa is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the russian composer igor stravinsky. This gracefully structured picture book introduces readers to the famous firebird balletand the russian folklore that inspired it. Parents need to know that firebird is the dreamlike story of a young girl inspired and mentored by a professional ballet dancer. The following is copelands introduction to her first children s book, firebird, with illustrations by caldecott honoree christopher myers. The firebird petrushka movements to stravinsky why go to just one ballet when the vienna volksoper is offering three for your enjoyment. Yolen crafts her wellpaced tale from a variety of sources listed in an authors note, including her own childhood memory of seeing firebird danced by mary tallchief in 1949from the brilliant, redplumed firebird to the sumptuously decorated house of the wizard, vagins crisply rendered paintings evoke czarist russia.
Misty copeland becomes first black principal ballerina at. Her story of overcoming obstacles and becoming the first black principal ballerina of the american ballet theatre has propelled her to star status. While the books firebird references are not explained the prokofiev ballet is. In her debut picture book, misty copeland tells the story of a young girlan every. Whereas every single one of her books are fantastic and i recommend them all, this one in particular has a very special place in my heart. Jun 1, 2015 see inside the firebird at usborne children s books.
Also, one of the few ballet books that i found with a. Book of secrets the firebird does definitely reinforce that susanna kearsley is an author that creates unforgettable characters. It is the ballet version of the story that yolen and vagin present in this richly hued picture book. This book seemed to fit the bill precisely, touting that it was based on stravinskys ballet and even had illustrations of an orchestra and ballet.
A story of bravery, determination and magic that has captivated generations, and inspired iconic paintings, music and ballet. Misty copeland dances as the firebird in this beautiful collagestyle picture book and inspires young dancers too. Firebird, by american ballet theatre soloist misty copeland, illustrated by christopher myers, draws on a ballerinas reallife early struggles to tell a story of inspiration and encouragement. Inspired by russian folklore, this unique vision reveals all the drama and magic at the heart of one of the worlds greatest fairy tales.
This gracefully structured picture book introduces readers to the famous firebird ballet choreographed by george balanchine to igor stravinskys music and. Kindergartengrade 3a wellknown character in russian folklore, the fierce and beautiful firebird, is also featured in the ballet, set to the music of igor stravinsky. See inside the firebird at usborne childrens books. Copeland, a soloist with american ballet theater, is a rara avis, an africanamerican ballerina. The story of the ballet is based on a russian fairy tale. School library journal a soaring debut picture book by american ballet theater star misty copeland myers extraordinary artwork captures the mystique of the firebird ballet and copelands indomitable spirit. Bookpage scenes of an older dancer guiding a young student. It was written for the 1910 paris season of sergei diaghilevs ballets russes company. Huffpost books american ballet theatre soloist copeland is just as graceful with words as she is with her body myerss stunning collages layer strips of thickly painted paper to echo the wings of a firebird copelands signature role, whether they are illustrating the stage curtains or a cloudy sky. The virtuoso vienna state ballet dances at the vienna state opera and the volksoper. The firebird is one of my favorite books of all time. Npr coverage of firebird by misty copeland and christopher myers. The ballet is full of magic and romance, and tells the story of the handsome prince ivan, his beautiful princess katerina, and the magical firebird that saves them. She has written two books firebird, a children s book, and life in motion.
I am teaching stavinskys the firebird at my daughters preschool and i wanted a picture book that mirrored the ballet storyline. It was the first international success of the composers career. This spring, charlottesville ballet will premiere a new children s ballet of the classic russian fairytale, the firebird. Anita ganeris written description provides an introduction to ballet for young readers. The firebird was an engrossing, wellresearched story that will delight fans of paranormal and historical fiction. Welcome to the fantastical world of firebird be the first to experience the premiere of miami city ballet s firebird, a thrilling new production of a beloved classic. The book is illustrated with color photographs and has a cd with music from the nutcracker, swan lake, and the sleeping beauty. Ballerina misty copeland talks black girl magic with her new childrens picture book, firebird.
Code switch in her new children s book, firebird, copeland seeks to inspire other young africanamerican dancers. Misty copeland breaks barriers in ballet, inspires children with her book, firebird. We here at mybrownbaby are deeply honored that misty graciously agreed to tells us a bit about firebird, ballerinas, and the space african americans inhabit in the arts. The best ballet books for children can be found on this book list. Firebird children s book by misty copeland illustrations by christopher myers in firebird, her first picture book for children, ballerina misty copeland inspires a young girl to have confidence in herself, and encourages her to reach new heights and dance like the firebird.
This is one best short fairy tales for kids, the firebird story. Kearsleys that i inhaled before going on a binge of all her books a couple of years ago. Firebird lands on the page, from abt soloist misty copeland. Here she writes her debut picture book and through it encourages other young dancers of color. Firebird by misty copeland, christopher myers, hardcover barnes. September 9, 2014 in her new childrens book, firebird, copeland seeks to inspire. Misty copeland becomes first black principal ballerina at american ballet theatre. A dear friend of mine purchased firebird as a gift for my 8 y. Copeland assures her that she too was a dreaming shooting star of a girl who worked very hard in class. A wonderful way to introduce children to the ballet.
Misty copeland, soloist at american ballet theatre, is only their second africanamerican soloist in their history and the first in more than 20 years. Firebird by misty copeland, christopher myers, hardcover. The orchard book of stories from the ballet by geraldine. Firebird ballet is performed by famous ballet companies around the world including new york city ballet, american ballet theatre and the royal ballet. Author misty copeland only the second africanamerican soloist in the history of the american ballet theatre encourages the girl in the story to dream big and work hard, just as she did. Copeland is the only black dancer presently performing as a soloist with the american ballet theater. Winner of the 2015 coretta scott king illustrator award received the 2015 ezra jack keats book award new writer honor an npr best book of 2014 an amazon best book of 2014 ages 68 an amazon best book of the month, september 2014 essence magazine best childrens book of 2014 the language soars into dizzying heights of lyrical fancy.
The firebird, ballet by russian composer igor stravinsky, first performed in paris on june 25, 1910. Ballerina misty copeland encourages a young ballet student to believe in herself. However, misty has never forgotten her humble beginnings and now she. Liz was concerned the book would be too easy for a second graders reading level.1305 627 47 965 105 333 1102 412 1435 134 101 1476 101 1277 1379 597 1100 1483 749 713 35 806 1520 978 617 1567 892 881 64 1588 1292 1197 930 1134 53 1429 181 680 1444 1157 38 743 611 1443 332 318 1242 475 418 169