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Dancing the Tinikling

Dancing the Tinikling

By Bobbie Peyton and Illustrated by Diobelle Cerna


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"Jojo, come dance!" Lola calls, inviting him to leap between the clapping and slapping bamboo poles and dance the tinikling with her. Whirling, twirling, and singing in Tagalog, Jojo tries but trips. Lola dances between the two poles easily, the same way she dances between their American and Filipino cultures--Jojo knows that dance! And finally, spinning and hopping to the rhythm of his life, he's dancing the tinikling! Part of the Own Voices, Own Stories Collection.

About the contributor(s)

Bobbie Peyton is a Filipina American writer with an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Diobelle Cerna is a Filipino illustrator based in the Philippines. She has a passion for visual storytelling, creating scenes that capture life's magical mundane moments.

Book details

ISBN: 9781534111967
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Date published:
Page count: 32
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Diversity & Multicultural, Juvenile Fiction / Performing Arts / Dance, and Juvenile Fiction / Asian American & Pacific Islander
Ages: 6 to 7

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