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Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina Hardcover – 20 January 2020

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"Lyon and LaFaye have co-authored a standout text that centers action in this triumphant story....Gibson's full-color illustrations use patterns, textures, and expressive facial features to show a loving family, a vibrant community, and a talented girl who becomes an accomplished woman....Engaging and inspiring, this brief introduction is also fun to read."--Kirkus Reviews

"Readers are leaders, and Sylvia's story proves just this....I love it! Not only is Ready to Fly full of adorable illustrations but [I] thoroughly enjoyed reading about the history of bookmobiles and Sylvia Townsend's connection between books and ballet in the 1950s." --TaKiyah Wallace, Founder & Executive Director, Brown Girls Do, Inc.

Rhythmic prose, with active verbs like jive, sway, soar, and float, convey movement and draw readers into Townsend's purposeful but joyful practice sessions....Gibson's illustrations of Townsend's early family life and dance practices express hope, wonder, and disappointment. A tale of ambition and perseverance. A satisfying addition to nonfiction collections for younger readers.--School Library Journal

"A lovely, uplifting story"--Joann Ferrara, Executive Director/Founder, Dancing Dreams

Townsend's determined spirit shines through the engaging first-person narration, and Gibson's cartoon illustrations capture endearing scenes...--Publishers Weekly

"Ready to Fly is sooo sweet, sooo wonderful and sooo inspirational. This story will no doubt show little ones everywhere that you can find a dream in the library."--Floyd Cooper, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author-illustrator

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INSPIRED BY THE AMAZING LIFE OF BALLERINA SYLVIA TOWNSEND

Sylvia longs to be a ballerina like the ones she sees on television.

She wants to leap

and twirl

and do pliés

till she can dance in real ballets.

But as an African American girl in 1950s America, Sylvia has to make her dreams come true against all odds.

This beautiful first-ever biography of Sylvia Townsend tells the story of how one determined girl got her wings by discovering the magic of the bookmobile, keeping the beat in her feet, and staying on her tippy-toes . . . always ready for liftoff.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins US (20 January 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062888781
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062888785
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 - 8 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.61 x 1.02 x 28.45 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story combining love of dance and reading.
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