My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson

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A young narrator tells readers about her friend Maya, who absolutely loves to dance. In this rhyming picture book, Maya attends a lively dance class. She can’t get enough of dance: the costumes, the grand entrances, the pirouettes, the music, the final bow, and the magic of recitals. She even loves the hard work of practice. But why doesn’t her friend dance, too? The pages themselves seem to dance, thanks to the charming verse of Cheryl Willis Hudson and the vibrant colors and motion of Eric Velasquez’s paintings.  

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Cheryl Willis Hudson is vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books, an independent publisher of black-interest books for children and young adults. She has written many books for children, and lives in New Jersey. Eric Velasquez is the illustrator of numerous picture books and a recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for new talent. He lives in Hartsdale, New York. You can learn more about him at Praise for The Other Mozart "Elegant paintings, framed in regal hues . . ." -Publishers Weekly "The heart of the book is Velasquez's original artwork." -School Library Journal
Published April 1, 2010 by Harry N. Abrams. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, History.

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An African-American girl loves attending ballet class, tapping to jazz, singing in church and freestyling in the mall, but dancing in “kente cloth is best.” That’s when Maya has a “look of pride on her face”—though why, when kente is the best, she only wears it in one spread is a little mystifying.

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