Maria Tallchief; Rosemary Wells; Gary Kelley Tallchief : America'S Prima Ballerina (Paperback)
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In a picture-book format, the noted ballet dancer shares the story of her childhood growing up on an Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma, where she took her first piano and dance lessons, and ends with 17-year old Tallchief leaving for New York to follow her dreams. Illustrations. 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. Then when Maria reached the age of 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.