Native Americans

Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Ying-Hwa Hu

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Back of Book:
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.
My Review:
This is a beautiful story about one girls dream to dance in the Jingle Dance. Her problem is that she needs to have jingles. Jenna wants to participate in the next powwow. She reaches out To her friends and family to borrow one string from each. I love that it says in the book that Jenna only took one row from each dress so that the dresses would not “loose there voice” I found that sentences to be incredibly poetic. The tradition and culture that is weaved into this story is breathtaking. The authors shared the importance of the Jingle Dance in a way that young ages can understand. The Authors note and glossary in the back of the book describe more about the Muscogree (Creek) tribe. The illustrations are soft and show the sweetness of family ties. I truly enjoyed every aspect of this story and can’t wait to share it with my students.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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