Title: Little Diva
Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Concepts: careers, human resources, jobs
Review: Nena's mom acts, sings, and dances on Broadway, and Nena wants nothing more than to be a Diva just like her. When her mother says that divas work hard all day long to become Broadway stars, Nena decides she wants to start her training now. Eating a healthy breakfast, exercising her vocal chords, and watching the behind-the-scenes preparations before a show goes on; these steps and more become part of Nena's diva-in-training regimen. Reaching for that big dream will take a lot of work.
This engaging children's book by acclaimed actress LaChanze and noted artist Brian Pinkney lets readers know they are never too young to start dreaming about careers. The text and illustrations work well together to give a glimpse of the hard work behind the glamour of stardom as well as the different jobs involved in producing a Broadway show.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children