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Little Diva

Little Diva

Includes a CD with Original Song and Reading by LaChanze

LaChanze; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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Curtain up! Light the lights!

Nena wants to be a Diva—with a capital D—just like her mommy, who's 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.

Praise for Little Diva

“This sparkling story of a show-biz hopeful--and family bonds--will inspire your young star to dream big.” —Working Mother

“All young ones who dream of dressing up and performing will find a kindred spirit in Nena. This should play to sold-out audiences.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“LaChanze, a star of stage and screen herself, supplies a peek at the life of a Broadway performer in this enticing story about a girl's dream of one day conquering the Great White Way. … Youngsters, girls in particular, will pore over the pictures and imagine themselves right into the story. Look out America–this book is sure to increase its numbers of D.I.T.s [Divas in Training].” —School Library Journal

“Imagine a triple billing of Fancy Nancy, Olivia, and Eloise, and you'll have a sense of the energy, ambition, and sheer (yet still-to-be-fully-honed) talent of Little Diva. Her creator, a Tony Award–winning actress, has produced a realistic and endearing character who dreams of taking to the stage like her mother, a Broadway star, with whom she lives in a loving home that includes her grandmother and dog.” —Booklist

“Loose, wispy black line art with pastel-toned washes playfully convey Nena's constant motion and exuberance as she describes her day.” —Publishers Weekly


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LaChanze; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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.

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.

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