Ballerina Bear by Shana Corey

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From the author of You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! comes this delightful tale of determination. Bernice loves the ballet more than anything in the whole world. She practices a lot. There’s only one problem. Bernice is not graceful. When the other animals leap, she lumps. When they twirl, she tumbles. Then Bertram shows up. He is a perfect dancer except for one thing: he bores everyone! But when Bertram and Bernice dance together, what happens is a surprise that deserves a standing ovation.
 

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Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator Charles Lindbergh and poet Anne Morrow Lindbergh, first learned about Bessie Coleman in 1986, the 60th anniversary of her father's famous flight. ""Bessie was an incredibly brave person who was hardly noticed, while my parents got so much publicity it was difficult for them to live their normal lives. I saw a crazy imbalance and wanted to try to set things right."" Reeve Lindbergh lives in Vermont. Pamela Paparone observes that NOBODY OWNS THE SKY is ""about making dreams come true. My own dream has always been to be a children's book illustrator. In fact, I was ten years old when I created my first children's book. I dedicated it to Johnny Cash."" Pamela Paparone lives in Pennsylvania.
 
Published August 27, 2002 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Corey, author of the First Graders from Mars series, infuses her ursine heroine with a strong attitude of confidence, enough for Bernice to keep dancing even when told she “will never be a ballerina.” Bernice finds a perfect partner in Bertram the bear, who dances exquisitely but boringly.

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