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Dancing in the Wings

Dancing in the Wings

by Debbie Allen Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Sassy is a long-legged girl who always has something to say. She wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream.

When a famous director comes to visit her class, Sassy does her best to get his attention with her high jumps and bright leotard. Her first attempts are definitely not appreciated, but with Sassy's persistence, she just might be able to win him over.

Dancing in the Wings is loosely based on actress/choreographer Debbie Allen's own experiences as a young dancer.

Ages
5, 7
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent
3.2
Lexile Measure
540L
DRA
20
Guided Reading
L
Number of Pages
32

About the Author and Illustrator

Debbie Allen
Kadir Nelson Kadir Nelson is a critically acclaimed artist and illustrator. His children's book awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award.

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