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Dancing the Ring Shout! by Kim L. Siegelson

Dancing the Ring Shout!

by Kim L. Siegelson

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Dancing the Ring Shout was an englightening book that opened my eyes to a different type of dance. The main message of this book was showing how different cultures celebrate and interpret dance in their own ways, with their own traditions. I liked this book because of the illustrations and how it pushes readers. The illustrations in this book were fascinating because the colors that represented their culture were vibrant. For example, the family and neighborhoods clothes were all 'happy' colors (red, green, blue). The pictures made this book more intriguing. On the other hand. this book pushes readers to think about other cultures traditions. It also teaches children about a different form of dance that they might have never heard. For example, when they start to do their Ring Shout they gather in a circle, chant, and pray. ( )
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It is the last day of the harvest, and everyone at Appling Farm is preparing for the ring shout-a celebration filled with dance, song, and praise shouted out to God for the year's blessings. Everyone in Toby's family will play an instrument that speaks from their hearts directly to God's ears. Toby is finally old enough to join them in the event, but what will he bring? Sticks? A cowbell? Horse brushes? It's hard to decide, for it must feel right. And Toby's got to hurry-the ring shout starts tonight! Dancing the Ring Shout! is the first picture book honoring the longstanding ring shout tradition from west Africa and the American South. Heartfelt and beautifully told in a rainbow of colors that swirl like magic, this story is one to cherish all the year round.

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It is the first year that Toby is old enough to attend the Ring Shout, a celebration when the hard work of harvest is done, but he cannot find an object that makes a noise which will speak from his heart to God's ears.

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