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Ballerina Dreams

Michaela DePrince
Illustrated by Ella Okstad

Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted for a younger audience, this younger-reader edition of Michaela DePrince’s memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe, is sure to capture your heart.

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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.

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A real inspiration

Guardian Best Books for Children Guide
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A sweet, well-illustrated version of this inspirational story

Irish Independent
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Perfect for newly independent readers

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Beautifully done

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Ballerina Dreams is the early reader version of DePrince's memoir Hope in a Ballet Shoe. A sweet, well-illustrated version of this inspirational story of an orphan girl in Sierra Leone who sees a photo of a ballerina and determines to learn how to dance.

Irish Independent

Michaela DePrince was born in 1995 in Sierra Leone. After the deaths of her parents, she moved to an orphanage from which she was adopted and taken to the US in 1999. Elaine DePrince, her new mother, noticed Michaela’s obsession with ballet and allowed her to begin lessons. Michaela is now a professional ballerina, who danced principal with The Dance…

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