Sunday 17 October 2010

Jingle Dancer - Cynthia Leitich Smith, Cornelius Van Wright, Ying-Hwa Hu

Jingle Dancer
Cynthia Leitich Smith (Author)
Cornelius Van Wright, Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrators)
Morrow Junior Books
A division of Harper Collins
Browse Inside
ISBN 9780688162412

In part, this book took me back to my own childhood. My father collected Ojibway art and had a number of signed prints by Daphne Odjig. Reading this book reminded me of her prints Pow Wow Dancer, Visiting Grandma and Hoop Dancer. This book is a wonderful story of culture, tradition, love and family. The images conjured up by the lyrical words, and pacing of the story by Cynthia Leitch Smith, are great. The illustrations by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu are warm water colors. The pictures almost sing with the tinks of the jingles. I will enjoy sharing the book with my children again and again as they grow up.

Books by Cynthia Leitich Smith:

Young Adult Books:

Cat Calls - Short Story
Tantalize Kierens Story - Graphic Novel
Haunted Love - Short Story

Books for Kids:

Holler Loudly
Santa Knows
Indian Shoes
Rain Is Not My Indian Name
Jingle Dancer

Author Profile Interview with Cynthia Leitch Smith

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