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ISBN-13: 9780688162429
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Leitich Smith has worked in law, public relations, and journalism. She is a mixed-blood member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Ms. Smith lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and a gray tabby. Her books include Rain Is Not My Indian NameJingle Dancer, and Indian Shoes.

Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated many distinguished picture books, including Jewels, by Belinda Rochelle (Dutton), which was selected as a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. The couple lives in New York City with their daughter and son.

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Jingle Dancer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
ebruno on LibraryThing 24 days ago
All Jenna wanted to do was jingle dance like her Grandmother Wolfe, but she did not have any jingles. So, she asked Great-aunt Sis, Mrs. Scott, and cousin Elizabeth for jingles. Jenna only needed one more row of jingles but where should she turn? Grandmother Wolfe gladly gave Jenna jingles to make her fourth row. Jenna jingle danced at the powwow just like her grandmother. The author's note is very informative talking about the Ojibway tribe and their customs.
reneefletcher on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The Jingle Dancer is a modern story of a young Native American girl named Jenna who helps to continue the traditions of her people. Jenna travels through her day searching for a way to overcome the dilemma she faces. She solves the problem with the help of her family and friends.This book is probably not my favorite, but I felt it important to read books that include ethnical diversity. The story was predictable, but when the author tries to incorporate the Native American lifestyle of today into the story, I felt it was a little less then enthusiastic. The words did not seem to fit the pictures.This book would be good to use with a lesson on diversity. The students would do a ¿How we are the Same¿ poster to demonstrate how everyone might be different, we are still the same. When presenting a unit on Oklahoma History, you could include this book to compare cultures of the tribes now living inhere. The Author¿s note gives information about the different tribes.The students could also collect items, such as canning lids, and create their own dance regalia.
conuly on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I got this book because I like, if possible, to have a variety of books from a variety of views for my nieces to read. A book about a Native American girl *living today* (it's so easy for young children to get the impression that Native Americans either are all dead, or are about as real as witches and ghosts, because all they ever hear about them is in the past), written by somebody who probably knows what she's talking about? I had to try it.The story is fairly simple - a girl wants to dance, and she finds a way to do so by getting other people to share with her. (And she works hard, too, practicing all through the last few pages!) It's a good story, and I love the artwork.
DebbieReese on LibraryThing 24 days ago
For anyone committed to teaching children that American Indians did not vanish, and, that American Indians are not a monolithic group, this book is a MUST HAVE. As a Native mother, I wish this book was out when my daughter was little. This book reflects that wonderful time when a Native child prepares to dance for the first time, how the family and community comes together to help that child and celebrate that moment.
tlcalderon4 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Native American heritage is the fundamental theme of this charming book. The reader follows the events leading up to a young girl¿s first participation in a ceremonial dance. Jenna, a young Native American, admires the pride and grace that her grandmother exudes as she does the jingle dance at a powwow, but she does not have her own tin accessories to make her traditional dress ¿sing¿ as she dances. So she borrows a small amount from four different generations of her family until she acquires enough. She then prepares for her first jingle dance, in which she will represent her family¿s honor to the ancient traditions of her culture. Other references are made throughout the book to Native American culture, such as culinary traditions, and referring to the time of day as the position of the sun. Another theme that is touched on is the balance between cultural tradition and the realities of the modern world.
Jdonldsn on LibraryThing 24 days ago
When Jenna realizes that she cannot be a part of the deep-rooted sacred Jingle dance because she does not have the required bells for the dress, she sets out to find a way to make her dream come true. Along the way, she touches hearts as she will touch yours as well.
amymonjeau on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This story is about a girl named Jenna that wants to be in the Jungle Dance. So she gets from everyone in her family the jingles tht she needs to put on her skirt for the dance. Then at the end of the story Jenna has put the jingles on her skirt with the help of her grandmother and dances for everyone at the jungle dance. Going to a pow wow is a great way to see different cultures. Then learning that everyones culture is different all over the world. In the classroom discussing with the students that are from different back grounds have different cultures from everyone else. This would be a good idea to have the student write where they are from and what religion is and how they celebrate christmas and thankgiving. Then have each child discuss how they celebrate theae holiday from each culture.
bluemopitz on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I liked this book. I have always liked the jingle dancers best at powwows. The dresses make such fun sounds and they are some of the most beautiful dresses at the powwows. I enjoyed the story and the way the girl was reluctant to take too many jingles from any one dress, so the dresses wouldn't "lose their voices."This could be used to teach about dance around the world or Native American culture.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is another cultural book about a little girl who wants to be a dancer like her grandmother. Jingle Dancing is a cultural dance in some Native American Cultures. This is a great book to read to students about culture.
didaly on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Borrowing a row of jingles for her dress for the Powwow dance from each of the four women on her contemporary suburban street, Jenna¿s story of the tradition of Ojibwe jingle dances and intertribal community was written by a mixed-blood member of the Muscogee-Creek nation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book book for children to learn about the tradition inolved in jingle dresses. It is well written and my 6 and 7 year old foster children love it !
Guest More than 1 year ago
What? No teepees or war paint? Bravo! Cynthia Leitich Smith¿s JINGLE DANCER is a refreshing story about a Muscogee-Ojibway girl wanting to participate in a powwow by performing a traditional dance. This contemporary picture book story is free of the stereotypes sometimes associated with Native American tales, and instead shows Jenna watching her grandma dance on a video tape, visiting a friend in a new duplex in the community, and talking with her lawyer aunt. The reader is also introduced to information about a traditional story, game, foods, and dance. Smith¿s lyrical narrative and captivating story makes this a perfect read-a-loud -- as my five-year-old daughter will attest to. As an Asian-American, I¿m always thrilled to see contemporary stories with multicultural characters shown in real and positive ways. Beautiful illustrations by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Until very recently, there were no large press picture books about contemporary Native children written by Indian authors. For this reason, Jingle Dancer is particularly notable. The story of Jenna, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation living with her family in Oklahoma, is written by a Native author. Rather than focusing exclusively on Jenna's Indian identity, however, the book presents Jenna as an average American kid, living in suburbia, who calls on her Native sensibilities and her broad community of supportive females to overcome a problem as she tries to put together her regalia for the Jingle Dance. Readers who are not familiar with the customs presented here will learn much, but above all, they will learn that Indian children are alive, well, and living rich lives amongst them, a lesson infrequently taught, and rarely so pleasantly. Rich, bright, cheerful watercolor illustrations by husband-and-wife team Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu enhance the presentation and bring Jenna to life. A significantly informative Author's Note and Glossary make the book even more effective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Leitich Smith's, JINGLE DANCER, is a delightful book. Ms. Smith weaves a loving story of the strong female ties in Native American societies. Smith celebrates the sharing spirit of friends and family. The passages of Jenna dancing through her day, from dawn to moonlight are pure poetry. Cornelius Van Wright's and Ying-Hwa Hu bright, lively illustrations are a perfect match. I am looking forward to reading Ms. Smith's next contribution for our children. Cynthia Leitich Smith's talent is to be applauded as a great addition to the world of children's book authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a daughter who is part Blackfoot Indian through her father. I obtained a copy of Jingle Dancer and shared it with her. We both truly enjoyed the book and learned together about Native American traditions. I also enjoyed the illustrations. I recommend this book to anyone, Native American or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jingle Dancer is a story rich with sensory details and vibrant characters. The most vividly drawn character of all is Jenna, whose heart beats 'to the brum, brum, brum, brum of the powwow drum' as she daydreams about jingle dancing like her beloved Grandma Wolfe. But to dance, Jenna needs her dress to sing with 'four rows of jingles.' Young readers will delight in following Jenna on her quest to find jingles for her dress. Cynthia Leitich Smith's text is graceful and poetic. In Jenna, the author has created an engaging, absolutely believable young heroine who will win over the hearts of those who read her story. The paintings of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu bring Jenna and her family to life in gorgeous, warm-toned colors. Jingle Dancer is an outstanding choice for families and schools alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JINGLE DANCER is a poetic and charming book about a young Creek-Ojibway girl who works on her regalia and acts respectfully toward women in her life. I have jingle dancers in my own family, and this is a great gift book for them. I really like that there are Indians in this book with some higher education.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book not only for its heartwarming story, but also for its real-life approach to Native American culture.