This book is the latest in a wonderful series for young children. In each nicely illustrated entry, is a story about a famous person, while at the end of each, there is a more detailed time line and photos. Each book shows the child that there is a world awaiting them that is full of possibility and that dreams matter. This book on Nureyev is no exception!
Readers will learn about how Rudolf fell in love with dance from the first time that he saw a ballet. Due to poverty and lack of resources, he was seventeen when he was accepted to ballet school. Young readers will find out about the ways in which Rudolf wanted to do things differently, his defection from Russia and the amazing, high leaping dancer that he was. Mention is also made of how there should not be particular dreams for girls or boys but dreams for everyone.
This book is a welcome addition to the series. Celebrate dance as you learn about Nureyev. Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto for this read in exchange for an honest review.
In the freezing north of Russia lived a little boy, named Rudolf. He preferred to spend hours alone inventing dance steps, than playing hockey with the rest of the children.
Rudolph danced for years with the famous Margot Fonteyn, and showed the world that it doesn’t matter who the danseur or ballerina is – great dancers simply deserve equal credit.
Little Rudolf showed the world that there are not ‘things for girls’ nor ‘things for boys’. Only things that you love doing with your whole heart.