TALLCHIEF by Maria Tallchief


America's Prima Ballerina
Age Range: 7 - 10
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“I was born with music that flowed through my body as naturally as blood in my veins,” explains Tallchief, who, with Wells, describes her early life in lyrical and compelling prose. This brief biography follows Tallchief from her earliest dancing memories at age three until she begins formal training at seventeen. The narrative is skillfully crafted, using Tallchief’s words to give voice to the whole; the authors highlight not only the early years of an artist, but the difficulty of growing up Native American in a culture that made it illegal for Tallchief to practice the language, religion, or ceremonies of her ancestors. Soft pastel illustrations in a style that recalls Degas are a luminous, often astonishing addition to this moving and joyful introductory biography; balletomanes will hope that a continuation of Tallchief’s history is in the works. (Picture book. 7-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-670-88756-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1999


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