by Maria Tallchief and Rosemary Wells

Growing up on the Osage Indian reservation, Maria Tallchief was a gifted dancer. According to Osage tradition, women are not permitted to dance, but Maria’s parents recognized her gifts and allowed her to break the rule, a decision that would change not only the course of Maria’s life, but the face of classical ballet in America. The fascinating story of Maria Tallchief’s rise to become America’s prima ballerina will captivate young readers.