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The book is very short, and really focuses on a modern group of dancers who teach children the role of African dance and drumming, giving them a way to express themselves as well as learn about their traiditions, culture, and the value of hard work, diligence, and teamwork when they are young. THe book starts off describing the role of first dance and then drumming on the African continent--what the similarities and differences are (very superficially, and in global terms). The illustrations are...more
This colorful book presents information on the history and meaning behind African dance. It follows a children's dance troupe as they learn and perform African dance, including information about the traditions behind it, the costumes, and how it is performed. A section in the back provides photos and information about Batoto Yetu, a renowned troupe of children's dancers. A basic map of Africa, a pronunciation guide, and a list of sources are included. This is a great choice for units on Africa o...more