Jose was a boy with a song in his heart and a dance in his step. Born in Mexico in 1908, he came into the world kicking like a steer, and grew up to love to draw, play the piano, and dream. Jose's dreaming took him to faraway places. He dreamed of bullfighters and the sounds of the cancan dancers that he saw with his father. Dance lit a fire in Jose's soul.
With his heart to guide him, Jose left his family and went to New York to dance. He learned to flow and float and fly through space with steps like a Mexican breeze. When Jose danced, his spirit soared. From New York to lands afar, Jose Limon became known as the man who gave the world his own kind of dance.
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Susanna Reich's lyrical text and Raul Colon's shimmering artwork tell the story of a boy who was determined to make a difference in the world, and did. Jose Born to Dance will inspire picture book readers to follow their hearts and live their dreams.
This first introduction for children to renowned dancer and choreographer Jose Lim-n pairs equally soaring text and visuals. Born "kicking like a roped steer," young Lim-n moved with his family from Mexico to California during the Mexican Revolution, made his way to New York during the '20s, and after searching for an artistic vocation, found his life's work in the modern art dance of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, creating "dances sweet as birdsong-TRILLIA-WEET! / Hot as the desert sun - S'! S'! / Sad as broken dreams-O, so-ador." Focusing mainly on Lim-n's childhood, Col-n takes him from cradle to curtain call in a series of portraits that captures his strength and grace perfectly. Reich's narrative neatly draws together both his search for a medium of artistic expression that was right for him (he was talented in music and visual arts, too), and the influence of early incidents, sights and even sounds on his mature style. She closes with a triple "BRAVO!" that readers will certainly echo, plus an extended biographical note and a select list of resources in several media. An inspiring tribute to a major figure in the arts, featuring some of Col-n's most moving, powerful work yet. (Picture book/biography. 7-9) (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award (Awards)
Primary / High School
For Ages: 5 - 8 years old
For Grades: 2 - 3
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 26th July 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.19 x 22.1
Weight (kg): 0.43