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Ballerina Dreams

by Michaela DePrince, illustrated by Ella Okstad - £6.99  Faber & Faber (2017)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780571329731 | ISBN 10: 057132973x

One windy day, a magazine blew down the road. I reached out and caught it. A pretty picture of a woman was on the front cover of the magazine. She wore a short pink dress that stuck out around her in a circle. She looked very happy.
 
At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life.
 
She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela never forgot the photo of the dancer she once saw, and decided to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true.
 
She has been dancing ever since, and after a spell as a principal dancer in New York, now dances for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.
 
Beautifully and gently illustrated by Ella Okstad, Ballerina Dreams is the younger-reader edition of Michaela DePrince's highly moving memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe.
 
Recommended for readers aged 6+

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