Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina

Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina


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An inspiring picture book for little ballerinas everywhere!

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.

Title:Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina
Edition Language:English
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    Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina Reviews

  • Diane S ?

    The latest children's book that I received in my book box. A perfect read for my two young granddaughters, one who already loves ballet. Here a young black girl falls in love with the ballerinas she s...

  • Kathryn

    3.5 STARS Much to enjoy here. It's an inspiring story. The story proper is told in an engaging, age-appropriate way and Sylvia's tenacity and bright spirit shine through. (Love that hand-made barre sh...

  • Shaye Miller

    Sylvia Townsend is a young African American girl growing up in 1950s America. Unfortunately, this means she could not take dance lessons and join the white learners, like she wants to. So she studies ...

  • Fiona Halliday

    A lovely tale about Sylvia Townsend, a little girl determined to become a ballerina in pre-civil rights America with the help of her local book mobile. Her courage and resoluteness are truly inspiring...

  • Pam  Page

    The impact of a bookmobile is shared in this wonderful true story about a ground-breaking ballerina!...

  • Kris

    There’s a lot covered in this little book. Ballet, segregation, libraries, the value of support. So much that it seems a little all over the place, but still adorable. Sylvia is an aspiring ballerin...

  • Renee

    Really fascinating biography of Sylvia Townsend, who taught herself how to do ballet by checking out ballet books from her small town's bookmobile. I was inspired by Sylvia's persistence under adversi...

  • Angela

    This picture book biography tells the story of African American ballerina Sylvia Townsend and the obstacles she overcame on the road to success. Sylvia first developed her passion for dance as a young...

  • Andrew

    For any girl who wanted to dance! Before Misty Copeland, there was Sylvia Townsend. Sylvia was a young black girl who studied Ballet from books borrowed by her towns' local Bookmobile. Unable to join ...

  • Abby Johnson

    This is a lovely true story about Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl who loved to dance and taught herself ballet from books she got through her town bookmobile. No dance classes in 1950s segre...