About the Author
Andrea Davis Pinkney has written several acclaimed books for middle grade readers, including the novels Bird in a Box, a Today Show Al Roker Book Club pick, and With the Might of Angels, a book in the Dear America series. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor winner. Andrea's many picture books include Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, a New York Times best-seller and a Jane Addams Honor Book, which was illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney. She and her family live in Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alvin Ailey became a great dancer at a time when that was a struggle for an African American. Many schools would not accept him because of his race. Luckily for Ailey, he found a school and was able to do what he was meant to do.I really enjoyed this account of Ailey's journey to becoming a dancer and owning his own dance company. However, like I have noticed in other biographies for children, the ending feels too rushed. I know the focus was on his struggle to becoming a dancer, but I would like to have learned more about Ailey as a leader and teacher in his company.This book would fit perfectly into any unit about African Americans as it shows Ailey's contributions to the American dance world.