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Jingle Dancer

Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright
Fiction

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? After listening to a traditional tale, she decides to find her jingles from various family members.
Jenna is careful to borrow only a limited number of jingles, "not wanting to take so many that [another's] dress would lose its voice."
Seeing Jenna as both a modern girl in the suburban homes of her inter-tribal community and as one of many traditionally costumed participants at the powwow will give some readers a new view of a contemporary Native American way of life, there’s a harmonious meshing of the old and new ways.
A powerful feature of this wonderful picture book is how it tells a story about a Native girl and her family's traditions without resorting to age-old stereotypes. And it’s got great illustrations. It would read aloud well.

Recommended by LouAnn

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