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Elephant Dance: Memories of India

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When their grandfather visits them, Ravi and Anjali are fascinated by his stories of India. Ravi especially loves to hear about the festival of Divaali, where parading elephants are given a place of honor in Grandfather's memories. Includes endnotes on the cultural heritage of India. Full color.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Barefoot Books (first published 2004)
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Nicole
Sep 24, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Ravi, a young boy living in the United States, is filled with questions when his grandfather from India comes to stay with his family. Ravi's eyes are opened up to a whole new world when his grandfather tells him all about the land their family comes from. As Ravi discovers what life is like in another country, he can bridge the gap between his own experiences in the United States and his grandfather's in India as he learns that life might not be so different, after all.

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Nikki
Oct 08, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it
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Ravi, a young boy living in the United States, is filled with questions when his grandfather from India comes to stay with his family. Ravi's eyes are opened up to a whole new world when his grandfather tells him all about the land their family comes from. As Ravi discovers what life is like in another country, he can bridge the gap between his own experiences in the United States and his grandfather's in India as he learns that life might not be so different, after all.

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Lisa  Skripps
Elephant Dance, by Theresa Heine, is a brilliant book exploring the culture and customs of India through the eyes of Ravi, a young boy living in the United States. When Ravi’s grandfather comes to the United States, he is happily bombarded with questions from Ravi and his sister Anjali about what life is like in India. Ravi’s grandfather brings everyone in the family a gift from India. Ravi receives a red and gold kite, his mother is given a traditional blue sari, his is given a sandalwood box, ...more
Noni Wurzweiler
Sep 19, 2016 Noni Wurzweiler rated it really liked it
When Ravi and his sister's grandfather comes to visit from India, they are enthralled by his stories about his life in India. He tells them about the geography, weather, customs, and food of India. Ravi is especially mesmerized by his grandfather's story about the elephant procession during the feast of Divaali that one night he even dreams about it, wishing he was there.
This book gives some history and knowledge about India, especially when dealing with the 5Fs. It is nice to see the grandfath
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Jessica
Jun 08, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Elephant Dance is a superb and simple look into India's customs and landscapes for children! Ravi, a young boy living in America, learns about this far away land from his visiting grandfather. I loved how grandfather described everything in India. His descriptions provide the perfect opportunity to teach children about similies!

The end of the book has pages with more information about India, about the animals in the book, and about the spices and foods that are mentioned. I was enamored with the
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Melissa
I loved this book. The descriptions that Ravi's grandfather tells of his homeland are so amazing that even without the pictures in the book you can just see the things he describes right in your head. My favorite description was of the sun and his grandfather describing it like tiger. While I could totally see it in my head the illustrations that went along with it were so wonderful. The deep color palate worked so well this picture book.

What I loved most of all was that while this book was abou
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Kathryn
A delightful surprise! This is a sweet, interesting and beautifully told story of an Indian grandfather who visiting his family in America. The grandchildren are very curious about what things are like in India--even though it appears they are still a fairly traditional Indian family in the USA, the kids want to know about the essence of India, from the type of wind to the vibrancy of the rainbow. I just love how the grandfather describes everything! This is a wonderful tribute to India and to g ...more
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Apr 03, 2008 Planet of the Books www.planetofthebooks.com rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children 4-8
We gave Elephant Dance: Memories of India to two children and their parents to enjoy and comment on. The response was overwhelmingly positive. The boy, age 6, loved the maps and “beautiful colors”. He also added that he likes elephants and wants to see one soon. The girl, age 7, loved the song and enjoyed learning to play it on the piano with her father. Both sets of parents were refreshed by the opportunity to expose their children, citing the book as a new favorite in their household.

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Ricky Ordway
Feb 23, 2014 Ricky Ordway rated it really liked it
Elephant Dance was a warm story about a grandfather and grandson. The grandpa comes from India to live with his family. Some of the family, especially the grandson, had never been to India and asks all kinds of questions about it. The grandpa answers in very descriptive ways and gives all sorts of metaphors relating to India. It is a nice story and would recommend it for all primary grades especially if one is teaching about culture or India. Great illustrations that are detailed and vibrant as ...more
Amanda Andrews
A grandfather is telling his grandson about India. He uses a lot of metaphors and personification to describe things like the sun, wind, rain, ect. He talks about many different things in India, ending with the elephant dance. The book ends with a musical page of the elephant dance and information about India. This book could be used with Socia Studie as well, especially when examining different cultures or countries.
Soh Kam Yung
Jul 25, 2011 Soh Kam Yung rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting children's story about a grandfather from India visiting his grandchildren in an un-named western country. The grandchildren ask him about India (Is it hot? Is the wind strong? Is there snow in India?) and his answers give a glimpse of the culture of India and its animals. Plus, if your musical sense is good, you can try to play Ravi's Elephant Dance (musical notes included at the end of the book).
Phoebe
Oct 28, 2010 Phoebe rated it it was amazing
A little boy asks his visiting grandfather about his home country of India. Colorful art and lovely image-filled text. A perfect book with which to bridge cultures. Informational notes in the back are a good addition. 3rd grade and up.
Melissa
Feb 04, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The colors and imagery of this book are mesmerizing! I really enjoyed the format of learning about India from a grandchild asking questions of his grandfather. The facts at the back of the book helped inform me so that I could have a richer discussion with my kids as we were reading.
Mckinley
Jul 10, 2012 Mckinley rated it really liked it
well done discovery of India by grandson and grandfather
Amer Gill
Aug 07, 2013 Amer Gill rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amer by: angel amer
it has good elaberation
Georgiana
Beautiful language. Poetic and descriptive.
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