DANCING RAINBOWS by Evelyn Clarke Mott


A Pueblo Boy's Story
Age Range: 7 - 11
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 A photo-essay of the preparations for and the aftermath of a June 24th Feast Day at New Mexico's San Juan Pueblo. Young Curt and his grandfather ``share many laughs'' but appear in static full-color photographs. The spiritual content of dance--in this case, the Buffalo, Comanche, and Eagle dances--is emphasized in Mott's text and the grandfather's foreword. In the most effective photos, Curt and his brothers practice the post- Feast Day Eagle Dance under the skies; Curt then performs at a city fair: ``He says it doesn't matter where he dances. His prayers still reach the clouds.'' An unfortunate whiff of standard tourism emanates from this book; it unfurls without fluidity. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-525-65216-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1996