On the Line: My Story of Becoming the First African American Rockette

HarperCollins. Oct. 2023. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063087064.
Gr 1-5–Jones and her coauthor tell her story in an approachable way that children of all backgrounds will understand. She loved to dance from the time of her first dance class when she was nine. She felt free and class was very different from the outside world where she was judged for the color of her skin. As Jones grew up, her mother exposed her to other people of color in the arts. From these experiences, Jones took that inspiration and kept practicing until she became the first African American Rockette. Paul’s dynamic, whimsical illustrations bring Jones’s journey to the big stage to life.
VERDICT An important story for all children to read, but especially recommended for students of the arts.

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