Sway in your style.
A talent audition poster on the school’s wall caught Deepa’s eyes. She was training in a traditional Indian dance art form called Bharatanatyam. Deepa loved this art form from her parent’s country. However, she was still determining if everyone in her class or school would appreciate it. So, while many of her friends enrolled for the audition, Deepa skipped it. On the day of the show, the talents on the stage amazed her. But she was sad and walked out at the show’s end without talking to any of her friends. Her class teacher, Miss. Molina noticed it. What happened to Deepa and her dance?
We picked this book for its theme. The book adequately addresses the fear and hesitation many cross-cultural kids face that prevent them from showcasing their place of origin’s art form or culture. The illustrations are warm and support the story well.
Dancing Deepa by Suchi Sairam is a warmly illustrated book about a young girl overcoming her fear and showcasing a dance form that is dear to her.
Originally published: 2022
Author: Suchi Sairam
Illustrator: Vidya Vasudevan
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