Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina
Ready to Fly is the true story of Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl who falls in love with ballet after seeing Swan Lake on TV.
Although there aren’t many ballet schools that will accept a girl like Sylvia in the 1950s, her local bookmobile provides another possibility. A librarian helps Sylvia find a book about ballet and the determined seven-year-old, with the help of her new books, starts teaching herself the basics of classical ballet.
Soon Sylvia learns how to fly—how to dance—and how to dare to dream.
Lyrical, easy-to-read, and affecting text paired with bright, appealing illustrations make Ready to Fly perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere who are ready to leap and to spread their wings.
Includes a foreword from Sylvia Townsend, a brief history of the bookmobile, an author’s note, and a further reading list.
When her teacher notices Sylvia's talent, she offers to pay for her to learn dancing lessons. However, she grew up in a time where African Americans faced struggles like not being accepted into a ballet class. So, she continues to teach the others and then they perform in the school talent show. Here, she learns of Madame Sawicka, a dance teacher who came from Russia, and she sees an opportunity to become even better.
We can learn from Sylvia's story because it's one that teaches you shouldn't give up on your dream. Persevere and you can succeed anything. I love how darling the illustrations are. There's a brief history of Bookmobiles in the back that's intriguing as well. This is an inspirational read that would be great for children who want to dance too.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of ballet, history, inspirational stories, and following your dreams.