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José 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. José'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 José's soul. With his heartJosé 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. José'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 José's soul. With his heart to guide him, José 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 José danced, his spirit soared. From New York to lands afar, José Limón became known as the man who gave the world his own kind of dance.¡OLÉ! ¡OLÉ! ¡OLÉ!Susanna Reich's lyrical text and Raúl Colón's shimmering artwork tell the story of a boy who was determined to make a difference in the world, and did. José! Born to Dance will inspire picture book readers to follow their hearts and live their dreams....

Title : José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limón
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ISBN : 9780689865763
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limón Reviews

  • Agnė
    2019-03-02 16:49

    I am glad to be introduced to José Limón, a dancer and choreographer who in 2000 was named one of "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures" by the Dance Heritage Coalition.However, the text of this picturebook is not the most engaging and the illustrations, although beautiful on their own, don't add much to the story and are kinda dull. This is one of the better ones:

  • Lauren Miles
    2019-03-25 17:13

    This kid-friendly biography has exquisite yet simple illustrations that tell the story of the famous dancer and choreographer, Jose Limon. He was born and raised in Mexico, moving to California and later, after the death of his mother, moving to New York where he discovered and pursued his love for dancing. This story explains why his family left Mexico (the outbreak of civil war) and the difficult process of moving to the United States (spending 2 years in Nogales near the border waiting for his father’s work permit). The children in his school in the US made fun of his English proficiency, which is a topic, I think, that is very real yet overlooked for many Mexican American children. Although he was exposed to music and the arts at a young age while accompanying his father at work at a theater, he truly was encapsulated by dance after attending a dance concert in New York with his friend. I love toward the end of the story when the feeling he felt while dancing was described as his “muscles sing[ing]”. I thought this story may also be a cool way to introduce literary elements and terms to students. This was over a wonderful and inspiring story!

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-23 18:08

    A nice biography with excellent illustrations, though perhaps not quite as moving as I'd hoped it would be. Much of the story takes place before Jose discovers his love of dance and I was impressed he rose to such heights when he began dance so late in life (around 20 years old!) The Author's Note in the back provides a bit more information but I think the text itself covers the main points well. This would be a good story about immigrants as well as dancers. It also shows that sometimes we don't have to know exactly what we want to be when we are young, we can still find success if we discover our dreams later on.

  • Nina
    2019-03-08 16:07

    This is a beautiful picture book based on the life of Jose Limon, a famous dancer and choreographer. He and his family originally lived in Mexico and Jose always had an artistic talent for music, drawing, etc. However, when the Mexican Revolution broke out his father moves his family to safety in America and Jose struggles to learn English, read, and find his calling.

  • Jennifer Walizer
    2019-03-22 20:04

    Summary:Jose! Born to Dance is a story about Jose Limon. It begins with him as a young child and goes on about his life through adulthood. Jose was born in Culiacan, Mexico in 1908 and loved the arts. During his younger years, he was surrounded by the arts because of his parents who would take him to the theatre. It continues on to discuss the civil war that breaks out in Mexico, this then leads Jose and his family to come to the United States. Jose fights to feel like he belongs in California as he struggles to learn the English language, but 3 years pass and he knows it “with confidence”. He began translating for his mother wherever they went. The story continues on to when Jose decides to leave California to pursue his dreams of painting in New York. In the end, Jose did not feel as if he could live up to other famous artwork which then made Jose want to refigure out his life. One day he goes to a dance class and falls in love with the art. He continues on this path and becomes a world famous choreographer who toured the globe.Literary Merit:The illustrations in this text are very unique and show the emotion in the text very well. Jose! Born to Dance is a great multicultural book that includes many difference aspects. It includes discussion of war, use multiple languages, being new to a school, having to learn a new language, achieving your goals, etc. This story received the Notable Books for a Global Society notation and I completely see why it would, because it is just wonderfully written and illustrated. I think is a must have!Reader Response/Classroom Connection:While reading Jose! Born to Dance, I noticed myself getting more and more into the story. I kept having little thoughts about the plot and the ideas that are included within just one story. It includes two languages, which really points out the multiculturalism in this story. You could use this text then to help support the diversity in the classroom. You can also use this text to discuss the different arts or focus on the war that is brought up in the story. You can use this for a discussion about never giving up and accept who you are as an individual.

  • Rachael
    2019-03-02 12:49

    This story is about Jose, a boy born and raised in Culiacan, Mexico. The story goes on to explain significant events that happen to Jose, to bring him where the story ends. Jose would often visit the theater where his father worked as a musician. This is the first time in the story where you see Jose’s love for music and dance. When Jose was five years old, the civil war had broken out in Mexico, forcing Jose and his family to hide in their cellar for 3 full days. Jose’s family waited patiently for two years and then they left Mexico to move to the United States. Jose started his new school, and everyone made fun of the way he spoke English. This part of the story is where you see Jose become really passionate about something; he says, “I will learn this language better than any of you” (Reich, 12). Within the next few years, Jose could speak English so well that he was interpreting for his family. He became very interested in drawing and coloring, and was most famous for his drawings of trains. When Jose finished high school, his mother became very sick and passed away. Although Jose felt guilty about leaving his father behind, he knew that he wanted to travel to New York and start his life. Jose would fill his sketchbook with drawings, day after day, but something always felt missing inside him. One afternoon, Jose accepted an invitation from his friend to accompany him at a dance concert. Jose ended up falling in love with dance, and was so determined to become a great dancer. Jose ended up taking dance classes every night after that concert. He studied dance for 11 years under the same teachers, and now Jose is a world famous choreographer. Jose always knew in his heart that there was something missing, and once he figured out what that something was, he went after the goal and achieved it with great success.

  • James Govednik
    2019-02-26 15:14

    Summary: [close:] José 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. José'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 José's soul.With his heart to guide him, José 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 José danced, his spirit soared. From New York to lands afar, José Limón became known as the man who gave the world his own kind of dance.¡OLÉ! ¡OLÉ! ¡OLÉ!Susanna Reich's lyrical text and Raúl Colón's shimmering artwork tell the story of a boy who was determined to make a difference in the world, and did. José! Born to Dance will inspire picture book readers to follow their hearts and live their dreams.(from goodreads)Response: What a great story! I had no idea who Jose Limon was. His story is presented here in a book that would appeal to readers from ages 8 to 12 or even beyond. Alhtough he became one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, he didn't even begin studying dance until he was an adult. The beginning of the story of his life in Mexico as a child offers a different perspective of Mexico than most children will have encountered, and his struggles in American schools, trying to learn English, will have many of our students nodding in agreement, I'm sure. His journey to New York to make his way as a visual artist seems to be leading us to a story of hardship and disappointment, until he attends a dance concert with a friend.

  • Alex Roth
    2019-03-12 19:18

    This is a story about a boy named Jose who lives his life with one dream in mind, to dance. Jose grows up having to work in areas such as the factory to help support himself and his family. Jose has a dream of being a dancer one day and sharing his beautiful piece of art with the rest of the world. One day Jose gets to fulfill those dreams of his when he goes into a dance studio for the first time and begins to dance and eventually gets to perform for people. I really like that this book shows readers that if you have a goal, with hard work and determination you can reach this goal one day. Jose’s fight to not give up on being a dancer one day is inspiring for all readers and something o really look up toI also really like the illustration in this book and how it has a grainy kind of look to it. It is no doubt that this book deserved a Notable Books for a Global Society award. Reich, S., & N, R. (2005). José!: Born to dance : The story of José Limón. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

  • Ashley Boris
    2019-03-21 19:51

    "Jose! Born to Dance: The Story of Jose Limon" is a children's picture book about a dancer who was born in Mexico and as a child moved to America with his family. He was intrigued by dancing as a child, since his father was a musician that worked in the same area as dancers, but as Jose grew up he pursued art instead. His mother died right around his high school graduation so Jose stayed near his family to be supportive, even though his dream was to move to New York. One day he decided to leave and pursue his dreams, but after arriving in New York found no inspiration for art or painting so became discouraged. His friend took him to a dance performance and it reminded Jose of his childhood and peaked his passion of dancing once more. He took dance lessons and eventually become a famous choreographer with his own dance company. This story gives children a nice message about following dreams, realizing passion, and staying hopeful, but it is supposed to be a notable multicultural story and I didn't really see many multicultural elements present.

  • Tony Ruiz
    2019-03-14 12:56

    Jose: Born to Dance – Susanna ReichGrade: 3-5Pages: 32Theme: Mexico, Dance, Dreams, Work EthicAwards: International Latino Book Award WinnerGenre: Non-Fiction InformationResponse: I hadn’t known who Jose Limon was, and I’m sure there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of kids and adults who don’t know as well. But after reading this story, you gain more knowledge, and respect, for him as he traveled from Mexico to the United States and pursued a dream. Whether it was artistic, or dancing, he followed what he wanted and became a well known dancer ahead of his prime. Class Activity: During the month of May, Cinco de Mayo (5th of May, which is Mexico’s Independence Day) is celebrated by Mexicans and Latin-Americans alike in Mexico and the bordering states (most Americans like to celebrate too for some reason). While doing a unit on Mexico and how they’ve gained their independence, students will write out & predict what would have happened if the French won, and Mexico didn’t gain their independence.

  • Ruhama
    2019-03-16 16:10

    The story of one of the greatest dancers in America during the 20th century: José Limón. His family moved to the United States from Mexico while he was still a child, and José was determined to be the best at whatever he did. His passion was for the arts, mainly painting and music, and it wasn’t until after his mother’s death and a move to New York that he discovered dancing. There he used his determination that had sparked him to succeed as a child to succeed in adulthood, and become a dancer and choreographer.This picture book biography is a neat glimpse into a famous Hispanic that most people outside of the dance world know. The storyline is simple, yet complete, and there is an author’s note at the back. Raúl Colón did the illustrations, and they are simple yet effective, with rich colors when necessary and muted tones when the storyline is somber. An inspiring story for anyone striving towards a goal.

  • Robert
    2019-03-22 20:07

    Eh.Not my favorite book ever. I found the writing style poor. There was actually a sentence that I quibbled with the grammar. Jose grew up in Mexico. When the civil war broke out, the family headed for Califormia after a two-year layover in Nogales. Life in California was not wonderful for Jose. When he matured he headed off to the Big Apple to pursue his dream of being an artist while working as a custodian.Jose would visit the great museums and take in the art of Manet, Picasso, and Renoir. Alas, he realized that he wasn't going to cut it as a painter. He expressed that New York was a cemetery.A friend of his invited him to the theatre. There, Jose realized his gift was to dance. He worked hard to become a dancer and triumphed for he did so for the next 40 years.The illustrations were okay. This isn't my kind of story.

  • Q_Jill Burke
    2019-03-03 17:03

    Jose (1908-1972) was a great dancer and choreographer. Jose grew up during the civil war in Mexico. His family was surrounded by fighting and forced to hide in a cellar. They tried to escape war by coming to the United States. They lived in Nogales, a city on the Mexico/ U.S. border and waited for permission to enter the United States. Once in the United State, Jose learned to speak English, played piano, and drew. Jose dreamed of going to New York. He became discouraged and found it difficult to find work as an artist. One day a friend invited him to a dance concert. He knew this was what he wanted to do. In time he became world famous dancing from New York to London, to Mexico City. He became a teacher at Julliard School and then inspired a new generation of new dancers.

  • David Hernandez
    2019-03-08 15:10

    Great Story of Jose Limon a famous dancer and choreographer. As a dancer and choreographer I really enjoyed the book a how it highlighted his life. The story takes you through his struggle as a child all the way to the hardships he faced as an adult until he discovered his true passion Great picture book for grades 3-5. The books portrays a powerful message of discovering your dreams, dedication, determination and success. This Biography of Joe Limon not only shows struggles and success but also opens the eyes of male students, Jose limon is a famous male dancer who is able to be seen as a role model for those who are afraid to follow their dreams.The illustrations are beautiful and makes the story more expressive * * * * *

  • Katie
    2019-03-21 15:56

    José! Born to Dance is a wonderful biographical book about José Limón, a world famous dancer and choreographer who changed the stage of modern dance. It is simplistic in it's telling of the story, but understandable for primary aged children. At the back of the book, there are Historical Notes that go into a bit more detail of José's work and also bilbiographical information. Listed in the bib information is the website www.limon.org, which takes you to the Limón Dance company's website. There you can see a couple short clips of dancers practicing and performing Limón's creations, as well as an interview with one of his colleagues who talks about José Limón.

  • Princolitas
    2019-02-25 18:03

    El libro nos narra de forma corta la vida de José Limón, nacido en Culiacán, México, quien amaba el arte y la música pero debido a la revolución de México su familia tuvo que mudarse a Estados Unidos. Se burlaban en la escuela de él por no saber inglés pero eso no lo detendría, después su madre moriría y se mudaría a Nueva York, donde las cosas no serían fáciles pero con el tiempo descubriría su amor y pasión por la danza, convirtiéndose así en uno de los mejores bailarines del mundo.

  • Jessie
    2019-03-04 13:09

    Love Raul Colon's illustrations and how much movement there is in them.There's a lot of focus in the middle of the book on Jose and his family as immigrants/refugees during the Mexican Revolution.Jose turning to dance is foreshadowed from the beginning, but really the book portrays his love of *art* -- visual art, music, and dance. It's very light on description of the style of dance he was trained in and developed.

  • Gwen the Librarian
    2019-03-16 20:16

    Beautiful illustrations accompany a simple text in this biography of Jose Limon, a Mexican American dancer and choreographer. This is a great story to share with elementary school children and shows immigrant struggle and success in our country and showcases a real male dancer. It's a great role model book.

  • Anna
    2019-03-06 19:02

    There are Spanish words thrown around this book. It would be a great resource for kids who would like to learn more about a Hispanic person. It could be used during a lesson on Mexican culture. You would need to go over some vocabulary before introducing this book to the classroom. Maybe for 3rd grade.

  • Kathy Ogg
    2019-03-11 16:08

    I thought this was a wonderful book. It is a biography of the dancer Jose Limon and how he found his passion in the world of dance is inspirational. He did not have an easy path growing up and changed his focus in life several times before realizing his true passion for dance. I recommend this book for any boy who wants to dance.

  • Ann
    2019-03-25 13:57

    Reich weaves the sounds of Limon's childhood into his amazing career as a dancer and choreographer. Raul Colon's colored pencil and watercolor pictures luminously add mood and emotion to Limon's story. Includes an historical note and suggested reading.

  • Christie Suh
    2019-03-20 19:51

    This is about the story of Jose Limon, a famous dancer. Jose hears music from everything and he dreams of being an artist. He left his family in CA to become an artist. However, while in NY he found his calling in dance.

  • Mary Ann
    2019-02-26 12:57

    I liked this story of discovering and chasing your dream. Told the story of Jose immigrating from Mexico to California, then as a young man moving to New York. I wish it had more about his dancing, gave me even more of a sense of his dance.

  • Amiahsims
    2019-03-06 16:54

    its a good book

  • Jillian Mera
    2019-03-19 16:58

    good

  • Ashley Levan
    2019-02-24 18:07

    The story of Jose Limon. He wants to be an artist when he grows up but instead finds out he was born to dance. It's a very cute story and good way to break stereotypes.

  • Heila
    2019-03-21 14:03

    Illustrations practically leap and flow off the page - which goes with the subject matter. Liked the text. A distilled story of the life of the great dancer / choreographer.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-23 15:50

    This book offers a fascinating look into the life ofJosé Limón.