Jose! Born to Dance

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Jose! Born to Dance

The Story of Jose Limon

By Susanna Reich; Rolon Colon (Illustrator); Raul Colon (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Hardcover, 9780689865763, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2005

Description
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.


About the Author
Susanna Reich is the author of Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso, which was named an ALA Notable Children s Book, a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She lives with her husband, author Gary Golio, in Ossining, New York. For more information please visit www.susannareich.com.

Colon has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books, including the "New York Times" bestselling "Angela and the Baby Jesus" by Frank McCourt, Susanna Reich's "Jose! Born to Dance", and Jill Biden's "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops"." "Mr. Colon lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.

Raul Colon has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books, including "Draw!"; the "New York Times" bestselling "Angela and the Baby Jesus" by Frank McCourt; Susanna Reich s "Jose! Born to Dance"; and Jill Biden s "Don t Forget, God Bless Our Troops". Mr. Colon lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.