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Jingle Dancer

In this unusual, warm family story, Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek) girl in Oklahoma, wants to honor a family tradition by jingle dancing at the next powwow. But where will she find enough jingles for her dress? By taking a few jingles from dresses belonging to a neighbor and several of her relatives, Jenna is able to sew a dress that will jingle properly. Grandmother helps her practice, and at the powwow, with great pride, Jenna represents all four women who shared parts of their dresses and their memories with an eager young girl.

"Van Wright and Hu's lifelike renderings capture the genuine affection between Jenna and these caring older women. Their easy integration of Native and standard furnishings and clothing gracefully complement Smith's heartening portrait of a harmonious meshing of old and new." -- Publishers Weekly

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"This picture book will not only satisfy a need for materials on Native American customs, but will also be a welcome addition to stories about traditions passed down by the women of a culture." - School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrator Ying-Hwa Hu, C. Van Wright
ISBN 068816241X
Language English