Who Was Maria Tallchief? (Who Was?)

by Catherine Gourley (Author) Val Paul Taylor (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?

Born in 1925, Maria Tallchief spent part of her childhood on an Osage reservation in Oklahoma.

With the support of her family and world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine, she rose to the top of her art form to become America's first prima ballerina. Black-and-white illustrations provide visual sidebars to the history of ballet while taking readers through the life of this amazing dancer.

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Catherine Gourley
Catherine Gourley is an award-winning author and editor of books for children and young adults. Many of her nonfiction books explore the media and popular culture, including women issues. At present, she is the project director for Letters About Literature, a reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is the principal curriculum writer for The Story of Movies, a visual literacy educational outreach program of the The Film Foundation, Los Angeles. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
July 20, 2002
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF007000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | General
Library of Congress categories
United States
Indians of North America
Ballet dancers
Tallchief, Maria
Indian ballerinas
Osage Indians

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