Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina
by Maria Tallchief with Rosemary Wells
illustrations by Gary Kelley
Tallchief's love of music and dance shine throughout this dreamy picture book. As she describes her childhood, readers are transported into a heart and mind completely devoted to her chosen profession. The softly coloured illustrations, some in double-page spreads, complement her words beautifully. Equally compelling is Rosemary Wells' introduction, which reveals her inspiration for telling Maria's story.
Tallchief ends her story at age seventeen, just as she is starting her career. It will leave readers felling slightly disappointed. They'll want to know more about this enchanting ballerina.
A captivating biography.