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Publisher's Summary

The first in a series of picture books inspired by premier ballerina and author Misty Copeland's own early experiences in ballet. 

From prima ballerina and New York Times best-selling 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. Bunheads is an inspiring tale for anyone looking for the courage to try something new. 

©2020 Misty Copeland (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“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)

“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)

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