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Little Diva [With CD (Audio)]by Lachanze
Synopses & Reviews
Curtain up! Light the lights!
Nena wants to be a Diva—with a capital D—just like her mommy, whos a star on Broadway. She wants to sing and act and dance, but knows it will take lots of work—and lots of fun—for all her wishes to come true.
Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze and Caldecott Honoree Brian Pinkney present a showstopping story about a day in the life of a little diva with BIG Broadway dreams.
"Stage actress LaChanze and Caldecott Honor artist Pinkney (Duke Ellington) shine a glowing spotlight on a 'Diva-in-Training,' whose role model is her Broadway star mother. Loose, wispy black line art with pastel-toned washes playfully convey Nena's constant motion and exuberance as she describes her day. At home she tries on her mother's clothes and practices yoga with her, but more than anything Nena loves to accompany her mother to the theater for a matinee. Nena plays her own behind-the-scenes roles, trying on wigs (a montage has her resembling everyone from Elvis to one of the Supremes), helping a guitar player tune up, calling for actors to take their places, and imitating her mother's on-stage bow from the wings ('Mommy says a real diva never bows too long, but I could bow forever'). LaChanze highlights both the glamour and the drawbacks of a diva's life — Nena regretfully watches her mother return to the theater without her — but readers will recognize that, with a loving mother and grandmother, Nena is indeed 'on her way.' An accompanying CD features a song and reading by LaChanze. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Let her entertain you: A little leading lady with high hopes and diva dreams wants to be just like her mommy!
About the Author
LACHANZE, an award-winning star of stage, film, and television, won a Tony Award for best leading actress in The Color Purple. Her numerous credits on Broadway include The Wiz, Once on this Island, Ragtime, Company, and Dessa Rose. She lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband and their three children. You can visit LaChanze online at www.lachanze.com.
BRIAN PINKNEY is an award-winning artist of several acclaimed books for children, including Duke Ellington, Hush, Little Baby, and The Faithful Friend. His many awards include two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He lives with his wife and their two children in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit Brian online at www.brianpinkney.net.
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