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Ballerina Dreams by Joann Ferrara

Ballerina Dreams

by Joann Ferrara

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This book is a true story document about five little disability girls and their dreams to become ballerinas and to dance onstage. It is an inspiring and moving story about dreams and resolution.
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  thuyN | May 30, 2017 |
Nicole, Shekinah, Veronica, Abbey and Monica are five little girls, ages three to seven, whose dreams of being ballerinas are about to come true. Joann Ferrara, a physical therapist, started a ballet class for these girls when she heard their parent's saying how they wanted the girls to be able to take ballet like other kids. This ballet class replaces the physical therapy sessions required for people with Cerebral Palsy (Erb's palsy in one case). I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't until one of the very last page in the book that it Cerebral Palsy was even mentioned. These were five adorable happy children who finally got to perform in their recital, to be real ballerinas. The information given at the end of the book about cerebral palsy is a great addition for readers. ( )
  ilonon | Mar 29, 2017 |
Ballerina Dreams is a true story about five incredible little girls who desire to become ballerinas despite having cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities. The girls practice extremely hard for their recital with their dance teacher and their helpers, and at the end of the book, they dance beautifully in their recital. The illustrations allow the reader to emotionally connect with the girls. One of my favorite parts about this book is that the author describes the girls as graceful, beautiful, and strong, which are all adjectives used to describe a ballerina without a physical disability. The girls are not defined by their disability but by their strength and perseverance. These sweet girls were giving a chance to chase their dream and engaged in an experience that they will never forget. The end of the book provides a section to learn more about the ballerinas, the teacher, and the helpers. In addition, the author provides a page for readers to learn more about cerebral palsy, which would be great for an elementary classroom full of students that are unaware of the condition. The last page of the book provides a beautiful illustration to depict the beauty of a dancer with cerebral palsy. ( )
  paigenbrown | Nov 10, 2016 |
“Ballerina Dreams,” is a true story about five little girls who all have different disabilities. The story shows how the ballet class helps them in different ways. The class helped them build up their muscles and confidence. The young girls have helpers that help them through their numbers on the stage. The little girls are so excited that they got to perform on the stage for their families and friends. The story is truly inspirational for all ages. The story shows how the little girls never gave up and they believed in themselves. It also shows light on the different disabilities that each one of them has. It helps raise awareness of the different forms of disabilities that are out there. ( )
  Emorrison | Nov 7, 2016 |
“Ballerina Dreams,” is all about making a dream come true for five special girls. They have cerebral palsy, besides one little girl that has a condition called Erb’s palsy. They all have something in common; they want to be ballerinas just like their sisters, cousins, or friends. The girls work hard all year long for their special performance. There are helpers available that help them reach their goal. The day finally arrives and all of the girls are ready to rock! They twirl and dance to songs from Swan Lake and impress all of their family and friends. All of the girls advanced and now were doing things that seemed unreachable. Some are standing for a few seconds on their own, while others have learned to sit up better. Each and every girl accomplished something throughout their time at the dance studio. The girls got stronger, but most of all, they became ballerinas. And beautiful ones at that. ( )
  Sierra.Coupel | Sep 30, 2016 |
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The simple text fills out the background of the class, and the pictures convey the girls’ progress and delight.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312370296, Hardcover)

Once upon a time there were five little girls who shared a dream. They wanted to be ballerinas and dance on stage like their sisters and cousins and friends.

But it would be hard for these girls to make their dream come true. They had cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities, which meant their muscles didn’t move the way they wanted them to. Some wore leg braces. Some used wheelchairs and walkers to get around. But these girls were determined. They had a dedicated teacher.  Every week they practiced. They worked hard. And one day they were ready.    

Ballerina Dreams is an inspiring true story of love, hope and courage for everyone and anyone who has ever wished (and worked) hard enough to make their dreams come true.

Ballerina Dreams is the winner of the 2008 Bank Street - Flora Stieglitz Award.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:53 -0400)

True story of five little girls with cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities who were determined to become ballerinas.

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