Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Summary: Misty is excited to hear in her first ballet class that they will be performing Coppélia. She listens carefully to her teacher’s retelling of the story, and decides she wants the role of Swanilda. She’s concerned that another girl named Cat might be a rival, but Cat decides to audition for Coppélia. When the cast is announced, both Misty and Cat get the parts they wanted. They work hard to prepare, inspiring each other, and by the time the big night arrives, both are ready to deliver a flawless performance. Both girls are front and center for the final curtain call, smiling happily and wondering what their next ballet will be. 32 pages; grades K-3.
Pros: Aspiring dancers will enjoy this story featuring a young Misty Copeland, and will learn the basics of the story of Coppélia. The illustrations enhance the story and demonstrate some of the ballet steps mentioned.
Cons: Readers may be disappointed when they’re not selected for a starring role in their first year of ballet like Misty is. And speaking of Misty, I would have enjoyed some back matter connecting this story to the real Misty Copeland.