Dancing the Tinikling (Own Voices, Own Stories)

Dancing the Tinikling (Own Voices, Own Stories)
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  • Diobelle Cerna
Publisher Name
Sleeping Bear Press
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August 15, 2023
"Jojo, come dance!" Lola calls, inviting him to leap between the clapping and slapping bamboo poles and dance the tinikling with her. Whirling, twirling, and singing in Tagalog, Jojo tries but trips. Lola dances between the two poles easily, the same way she dances between their American and Filipino cultures--Jojo knows that dance! And finally, spinning and hopping to the rhythm of his life, he's dancing the tinikling! Part of the Own Voices, Own Stories Collection.

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Dancing between Two Worlds
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Jojo lives between two cultures and is learning about both. His Lola teaches the Philippine dance, the Tinikling in America and he is learning. The illustrations do a fantastic job putting into motion the rhythmic and vibrant dance on nonmoving paper. The rich colors used are engaging. The simple sentence structure makes this ideal for younger readers. The author compares being from two cultures to feeling like dancing between two worlds and I am sure that will resonate with other people. The Author’s note at the end gave the history of the Tinikling and it was interesting how its roots in cruelty evolved into such a joyful dance.
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