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Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina (2001)

Author: Maria Tallchief and Rosemary Wells Illustrator: Gary Kelley
Publisher: Puffin
Number of pages: 32 pages

Growing up on the Osage Indian reservation, Maria Tallchief was a gifted pianist and dancer. According to Osage tradition, women are not permitted to dance, but Maria's parents recognized her gifts and allowed her to break the rule. Every day she practiced piano and ballet, getting better at each. When she was twelve, her father told her it was time to choose between her two loves. Maria chose ballet. It was a decision that would change not only the course of her life, but the face of classical ballet in America. The fascinating story of Maria Tallchief's rise to become America's prima ballerina will captivate young readers.

ISBN 13: 978-0142300183
Reading Level (grade): 5.1
Reading Level (A-Z): T