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September 29, 2020
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nstant New York Times bestselling series opener inspired by prima ballerina and author Misty Copeland's own early experiences in ballet.

From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet Coppélia--a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life.

Misty is so captivated by the tale and its heroine, Swanilda, she decides to audition for the role. But she's never danced ballet before; in fact, this is the very first day of her very first dance class!

Though Misty is excited, she's also nervous. But as she learns from her fellow bunheads, she makes wonderful friends who encourage her to do her very best. Misty's nerves quickly fall away, and with a little teamwork, the bunheads put on a show to remember.

Featuring the stunning artwork of newcomer Setor Fiadzigbey, Bunheads is an inspiring tale for anyone looking for the courage to try something new.

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(Updated: July 24, 2022)
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Being new to ballet, Misty doesn't know the story of Coppélia, but finds herself enthralled as her teacher weaves the tale. After hearing the story, Misty is more than excited to perform it for her first recital. When she gets casted as a main lead, she's ready to put her heart into it and make her mama proud. She looks to her friends for help and follows their lead until it's time to put all she's learned to the test.

Even though this is Misty's first class, she nails every move, almost as if she has a natural talent for ballet. The illustrations are stunning with a darker toned color scheme and attention to detail. BUNHEADS is inspiring for young dancers and teaches about how hard work leads to great outcomes. It's Misty Copeland's own story from when she was younger and faced the intimidating stage of ballet for the first time. My daughter enjoyed the magical feel of this story and the tale in the beginning gives it a bit more character to stand out from other ballet books.

Final Verdict: BUNHEADS is the perfect story for young ballerinas with a love for dance. It's like having two stories in one with the tale of Coppélia and of Misty's recital.
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