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Jingle dancer / by Cynthia L. Smith ; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright.

Smith, Cynthia L. (Author). Van Wright, Cornelius. (Added Author).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library E S (Text) 33500012761540 Main Available -
Roseau Public Library e SMI (Text) 35500003085568 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 068816241X
  • ISBN: 0688162428
  • ISBN: 9780688162412
  • Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Morrow Junior Books, 2000.

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
Summary, etc.:
Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 May 2000
    Ages 4^-7. This contemporary Native American tale highlights the importance of family and community through a young girl's dream of joining the dancers at the next powwow. Jenna is a girl of Muscogee (Creek) and Ojibway (Chippewa/Anishinabe) descent. She has practiced the steps for the jingle dance by following her grandmother's moves on a video. Now she must get enough jingles (traditionally made of tin, aluminum, or gold canning lids rolled into cones) to sew on her dress to make a satisfying "tink, tink" as she dances. The way Jenna gathers her jingles (borrowing enough to make a row, but not so many that the lender's dress will "lose its voice"), and her promise to dance for the women who cannot dance for themselves illustrate the importance of family and community ties. The colorful, well-executed watercolor illustrations lend warmth to the story. A note explaining Jenna's heritage and a brief glossary are appended. ((Reviewed May 15, 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Subject: Creek Indians > Juvenile fiction.
Indians of North America > Oklahoma > Juvenile fiction.
Indian dance > Juvenile fiction.
Dance > Juvenile fiction.

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