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Hardcover Drumbeat in Our Feet Book

ISBN: 158430264X

ISBN13: 9781584302643

Drumbeat in Our Feet

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Explores the fascinating origins of African dance. The authors look at unique rituals, colourful costumes and rhythmic instruments and introduce children to dances that have been passed from generation to generation through the ages. in captivating details, Drumbeat In Our Feet captures the beauty, history and energy of African dance. Readers of all ages will delight in this drum-beating, hand-clapping, foot-stomping celebrating of culture and tradition...

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A wonderful, informative, and highly recommended picturebook

Julio T. Leitao founded an African dance troupe for children, and Patricia A. Keeler observed African dancers for weeks; together they wrote Drumbeat in our Feet, a picturebook meant to convey the richness of African dance culture to young readers. Drumbeat in our Feet is not a storybook per se, but rather an informational survey of the history of African dance tradition. From costumes and body painting associated with dance, to dances that honor spirits and ancestors, to types of musical instruments used, call-and-response songs, and much more, Drumbeat in our Feet surveys all aspects of African dance. Keeler's exuberant color illustrations bring to life the excitement of African dance in this wonderful, informative, and highly recommended picturebook.

"You'll never stop dancing!"

An infectious energy fills the pages of this book from cover to cover. Even the endpapers make me want to get up and dance around the room! Ms. Keeler and Mr. Leitao have created a fun and fascinating book on African Dance, beautifully written and so visually energetic that you can feel the drumbeats on each page. Sepia-toned African scenes blend into colorful urban settings, building to a grand finale final spread, brilliant with color and movement. "Once you learn how to do African dance," says one young dancer, "you'll never stop dancing!" What a nice thought to end this book... I, for one, am convinced!

Jump Up and Dance

Jump up and dance with this powerful book about children's African dance! In Keeler's magical African world, children leap and spin across the pages representing wind, water, and fire! Their arms spreading and backbones curving, dancers represent elephants, monkeys and antelopes! Did you know each white dot on a child's arm stands for a dancer that came before her? And the zig-zag design painted on the children's bellies represents crocodile teeth? Many African secrets are revealed! Feel the rhythm, African rhythm. Feel the beat, African beat! Don't miss this one!"
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