Rainy's Powwow

Rainy's Powwow

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by Linda Theresa Raczek, Gary Bennett
     
 
The Thunderbird Powwow is about to begin and Rainy still does not know what style of dance to choose so that she can be given her own special tribal name. She asks Grandmother White Hair (who had been a traditional dancer), the Powwow Princess (who is a shawl dancer), and her friend Celeste (who is a jingle dancer) what it feels like to dance in their chosen styles.

Overview

The Thunderbird Powwow is about to begin and Rainy still does not know what style of dance to choose so that she can be given her own special tribal name. She asks Grandmother White Hair (who had been a traditional dancer), the Powwow Princess (who is a shawl dancer), and her friend Celeste (who is a jingle dancer) what it feels like to dance in their chosen styles. But none of these seem right for Rainy.

As the dancing begins, Rainy enters the arena but she is too shy to move. Then, listening to the drumbeats, Rainy moves with the rhythm and keeps on dancing even when the music stops. The sound of laughter gradually reaches Rainy, who flees the dance floor embarrassed and humiliated. While it is Grandmother White Hair's words that comfort her, it is the eagle's gift that gives Rainy her special name and the inspiration to choose her own dance.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4This lively, original story gently introduces powwows and the different types of dances performed at them. Rainy is attending the Thunderbird Powwow with her grandmother and little brother. Although it is time for her to choose a style of dance and to be given a special name, she does not know which type of movement suits her. She talks to her grandmother (a traditional dancer), the powwow princess (a fancy shawl dancer), and her friend (a jingle dancer) about their particular styles. Still, none of them seem right. Finally, it is her grandmothers love and an eagles gift that help her make her decision. Each dance is celebrated and lovingly described by its participant. The colorful, detailed gouache illustrations cleverly show the movement of the performers and their outfits. A glossary explains the dance types and discusses the sacred nature of eagle feathers. An approachable and enjoyable depiction of powwow dancing for storytime or for individual reading.Mary B. McCarthy, ACLIN/Colorado State Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Salisbury
[A] rare and a magical treat. The writing is beautiful, controlled and at times almost poetic as Raczek creates the mood and rhythm of the dances, and passing of traditions from one generation to the next.
ForeWord

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873586863
Publisher:
Northland Publishing AZ
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
ILLUSTRATE
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.84(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Rainy's Powwow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Beautifulmama4ever More than 1 year ago
This books beautiful imagary and flowing story is great for grade schoolers. The glossary is a wonderful resource for those new to this culture. Wonderful story!