Jingle Dancer

Jingle Dancer

Book - 2000
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The affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.

Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem--how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?

The cone-shaped jingles sewn to Grandma Wolfe's dress sing tink, tink, tink, tink.

Jenna's heart beats to the brum, brum, brum, brum of the powwow drum as she daydreams about the clinking song of her grandma's jingle dancing.

The warm, evocative watercolors of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu complement author Cynthia Leitich Smith's lyrical text in this picture book. Perfect for classroom and library sharing.

Publisher: New York : Morrow Junior Books, 2000.
ISBN: 9780688162412
068816241X
9780688162429
0688162428
Branch Call Number: Z SMI
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill.

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jrmccowan
Jan 20, 2013

Jenna is a member of the Muscogee Nation. In this book, she asks her grandma if she could dance in the next powwow. Her grandma said she could, the only thing holding her back is getting enough jungles to make her dress for the weekend. Jenna goes to her relatives and friends, and asks them for a row of each of their jingles to make her dress for the powwow.

Jenna, a member of the Muscogee Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at a powwow.

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Jan 20, 2013

I recommend this book to parents to read to their children. This is an amazing book explaining the story of a young Ojibway girl, trying to get enough jingles for her powwow. The book explains in the pictures the story that is being told throughout the book. This is a great piece of literature as well. The book gives you a mini glossary in the back, so you can explain to your children what some of the words mean throughout the book. Since I am not of the same descent I was confused sometimes during the book trying to find out, for example, what a powwow was, but there the dictionary was at the end of the book to let me know what it is. If you want to expose your child or children to a culture that is not their own, this is an amazing book. Every culture has a certain dance and or time where they gather together to show their moves off to their family and friends. This is how the Ojibway descent show’s their moves.

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Jan 20, 2013

jrmccowan thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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Jan 20, 2013

when grandma bounce-stepped on TV, Jenna bounce-stepped on family room carpet. But Jenna's dress would not be able to sing. It needed four rows of jingles." "Bum Brum, Brum, Brum, sounded the drum at the powwow the next weekend."

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