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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Ta Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America's first prima ballerina. Many famous American ballets were created for Maria! Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!


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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Ta Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America's first prima ballerina. Many famous American ballets were created for Maria! Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

30 review for She Persisted: Maria Tallchief

  1. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This is a great chapter book biography about an indigenous ballerina. It is simple and easy to read, with great illustrations, providing a glimpse into Maria Tallchief's childhood, career, and advocacy. My one critique is about the quote on the back of the book. I have already returned the book to the library, so I can't quote it directly, but it was something like, "It never would have occurred to me to say, 'No, that hurts.'" I would assume that in context, Tallchief was simply saying that she This is a great chapter book biography about an indigenous ballerina. It is simple and easy to read, with great illustrations, providing a glimpse into Maria Tallchief's childhood, career, and advocacy. My one critique is about the quote on the back of the book. I have already returned the book to the library, so I can't quote it directly, but it was something like, "It never would have occurred to me to say, 'No, that hurts.'" I would assume that in context, Tallchief was simply saying that she persisted in the face of difficult odds, mastering a challenging sport without backing down. However, since the book doesn't provide any context, it seems to imply that children shouldn't speak up for themselves, set boundaries, or respect their physical and mental limits. I don't know enough about the full statement to make any judgment about what Tallchief actually said, but I am shocked that a publisher in the 2020s would think this was a good quote to isolate on the back of a book for young children.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Maria TallChief is part of the “She Persisted” series which is meant to inspire both young girls and young people of color to see how other people persisted and overcame their own trials to obtain their dreams. Maria TallChief was a Native American from the Osage tribe who became America’s first Prima Ballerina. While this is my first foray into the “She Persisted” series, I believe, I love this idea more than I can explain. It is such a great way to inspire the younger generation by showing the Maria TallChief is part of the “She Persisted” series which is meant to inspire both young girls and young people of color to see how other people persisted and overcame their own trials to obtain their dreams. Maria TallChief was a Native American from the Osage tribe who became America’s first Prima Ballerina. While this is my first foray into the “She Persisted” series, I believe, I love this idea more than I can explain. It is such a great way to inspire the younger generation by showing them people that can be their heroes and role models. Although this is just a chapter book, it is filled with many key facts about Maria‘s life. In fact this book has inspired me to look into a more in-depth look at Maria TallChief’s life and even try to see if their is video recordings of her performances. G- There is nothing offensive in this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This was the first of the small "She Persisted" biographies I read and it prompted me to read others. Students usually get assigned one person to study when they do a biography and they frequently choose the person before knowing too much about the person or they choose them because of some popularity factor. These biographies are a great size to read to get to know a little bit about some amazing women before having to completely dive into a full-fledged biography. It allows them to read biogra This was the first of the small "She Persisted" biographies I read and it prompted me to read others. Students usually get assigned one person to study when they do a biography and they frequently choose the person before knowing too much about the person or they choose them because of some popularity factor. These biographies are a great size to read to get to know a little bit about some amazing women before having to completely dive into a full-fledged biography. It allows them to read biographies for pleasure and to become familiar with many great women and all the amazing things they do. I can see having a number of these in my classroom library or recommending they go to the public library to see what's possible.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Part of the She Persisted biographies series. Readers learn about Tallchief's life from early childhood through her death in 2013. The final chapter covers her legacy. Day uses easy to follow language for younger readers and brings out the challenges she overcame and her passion for dance and her culture. I appreciate the concrete ideas given at the end of these books for readers to find their own ways to explore and grow. The references offer readers ways to learn more about Maria Tallchief. Part of the She Persisted biographies series. Readers learn about Tallchief's life from early childhood through her death in 2013. The final chapter covers her legacy. Day uses easy to follow language for younger readers and brings out the challenges she overcame and her passion for dance and her culture. I appreciate the concrete ideas given at the end of these books for readers to find their own ways to explore and grow. The references offer readers ways to learn more about Maria Tallchief.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm sad to say that I had never heard of Maria Tallchief before reading this series, but I am so glad to know about her now! What an incredible story of strength, passion, and perseverance! Some of my favorite how you can persist tips from this title were: Be respectful of other people's names. Visit tribally managed museums, cultural centers, or public powwows to celebrate and support the Native American Community. Speak out against bullies. I'm sad to say that I had never heard of Maria Tallchief before reading this series, but I am so glad to know about her now! What an incredible story of strength, passion, and perseverance! Some of my favorite how you can persist tips from this title were: Be respectful of other people's names. Visit tribally managed museums, cultural centers, or public powwows to celebrate and support the Native American Community. Speak out against bullies.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wade Huggins

    Maria Tallchief is a biography based on the She Persisted picture book series. The text is interesting and accessible by elementary students and a book that should be included in a the biography section of most elementary schools. There are many black and white pictures throughout the book that will keep an elementary child engaged with the story of Maria. The book includes an epilogue with advice on how you can persist in your own life. The book includes references.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    The She Persisted mini chapter book biography series are perfect for elementary and intermediate age students interested in learning about the featured person for an assignment or just for an informative book about important women in history. Before reading this, I don't think I ever heard the name Maria Tallchief, since I know nothing about ballet. However, Chrisine Day did a good job on writing this mini-biography in a way that will make readers want to learn more. I'm sure if you are someone The She Persisted mini chapter book biography series are perfect for elementary and intermediate age students interested in learning about the featured person for an assignment or just for an informative book about important women in history. Before reading this, I don't think I ever heard the name Maria Tallchief, since I know nothing about ballet. However, Chrisine Day did a good job on writing this mini-biography in a way that will make readers want to learn more. I'm sure if you are someone who knows anything about ballet, this would be an even more exciting read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Rae

    I picked this She Persisted book up because I love Maria Tallchief, and I like that the series hired Christine Day to do the writing. It's a good overview of her life, and Day does her best to add some more novelistic touches to her descriptions. The whole "She persisted" theming feels a little hokey to me, but I'll take it if it means we have biography series besides Who Was? for kids to get hooked on. I picked this She Persisted book up because I love Maria Tallchief, and I like that the series hired Christine Day to do the writing. It's a good overview of her life, and Day does her best to add some more novelistic touches to her descriptions. The whole "She persisted" theming feels a little hokey to me, but I'll take it if it means we have biography series besides Who Was? for kids to get hooked on.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellon

    Another great book in the She Persisted series. I had not known who Maria Tallchief was before reading this book. It was very interesting and told about her whole life and all the amazing things she accomplished. I loved the actions in the back like honoring people's names. Will definitely be ordering for my school library. Another great book in the She Persisted series. I had not known who Maria Tallchief was before reading this book. It was very interesting and told about her whole life and all the amazing things she accomplished. I loved the actions in the back like honoring people's names. Will definitely be ordering for my school library.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kris Dersch

    I love the details here. How each time she makes a move there is a land acknowledgement piece to it. The translations of the chapter headings into Osage language. There's a lot of attention to detail that makes an already lovely and interesting story sing all the more. If you have a kid who likes the Who Was books, give them this series. I love the details here. How each time she makes a move there is a land acknowledgement piece to it. The translations of the chapter headings into Osage language. There's a lot of attention to detail that makes an already lovely and interesting story sing all the more. If you have a kid who likes the Who Was books, give them this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    Chapter book biography of Maria Tallchief. Doesn't tell about Maria's piano lessons and that she had to choose between music and ballet. Does take her story from her parents meeting through to her death, including founding the school in Chicago, her Native American activism, and some of her later-in-life awards. Actual text is under 50 pages. Aimed at kids who enjoy the American Girl books. Chapter book biography of Maria Tallchief. Doesn't tell about Maria's piano lessons and that she had to choose between music and ballet. Does take her story from her parents meeting through to her death, including founding the school in Chicago, her Native American activism, and some of her later-in-life awards. Actual text is under 50 pages. Aimed at kids who enjoy the American Girl books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Prairie_Panda

    This book shows that even people who have been bullied can change history. This book shows children to be kind and respect others especially when it comes to respect the one super special thing that makes each person unique, their name.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Ruscher-Haqq

    Another winning book by Christine Day. This is an excellent biography that reads well and engaging for our younger MG/ older elem readers. Tackles difficult topics with an expert hand. Inspiring - would absolutely recommend.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Fultz, SLMS, Teacher Librarian, MLS

    Kids already love the Who Was... books, so I think they'll pick these up as a similar size, length, and format. Brilliant marketing, brief, informative, and perfect for Women's History Month and ALL those bio projects in elementary school. Kids already love the Who Was... books, so I think they'll pick these up as a similar size, length, and format. Brilliant marketing, brief, informative, and perfect for Women's History Month and ALL those bio projects in elementary school.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Lovejoy

    Great book--Very informative and very inspiring.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annalisa Ely

    Fascinating, I love some of the ballets mentioned and seeing how Tallchief was involved in their history and them in hers was really enjoyable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen Madsen

    I'm really enjoying reading this series to my 4th grade students. I'm really enjoying reading this series to my 4th grade students.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I have been reading the She Persisted series with my older son and we both enjoyed learning about Maria Tallchief as neither of us had ever heard of her before. We both agreed that the only fault with this book in the series is that we were left wanting more. I was particularly interested in her early life and what led to her career as a professional ballerina and I learned so much about her early struggles as a Native American and as a woman. I also gained a lot of knowledge about ballet in gen I have been reading the She Persisted series with my older son and we both enjoyed learning about Maria Tallchief as neither of us had ever heard of her before. We both agreed that the only fault with this book in the series is that we were left wanting more. I was particularly interested in her early life and what led to her career as a professional ballerina and I learned so much about her early struggles as a Native American and as a woman. I also gained a lot of knowledge about ballet in general...the various terms, the ranks within ballet and how she was a prima ballerina (the highest rank). A simple Wikipedia search provided so much additional information that if included in the book, it would have been way too long for a young reader! Even if you have no interest in ballet, I think most young readers would enjoy this book in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashleu

    This series continues to bring me much joy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amber Hulstine

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kylee

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan Waters

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rach

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pernille Ripp

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  30. 5 out of 5

    Earl

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