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An inspiring own-voice story that shares the beauty of traditional Indian dance and a universal message of dedication, grit and self-love.
Devi knows that she's a good dancer. In fact, she's one of the best Bharatanatyam dancers at her dance school. So she's very upset when she learns she's lost the big dance competition. Her mom is a perfect dancer and Devi needs to be, too. Devi vows to practice her facial expressions and footwork until her dance is flawless, but no matter how much she practices, she keeps making mistakes. Come along with Devi as she learns that failure is an important part of learning and growing.
Written by Priya Parikh
Illustrated by N. Dejeshwini
"Bright cultural touches, like Devi’s mother’s flowing blue sari in the central scene, complement the book’s messages. Vocabulary words are bolded throughout to facilitate learning."
- Michelle Anne Schingler, FOREWORD REVIEWS
"Dancing Devi demystifies the ancient Indian dance form of bharatanatyam for cultural outsiders and provides a delightful reflection for those in the know, particularly children of the India diaspora who are sustaining such art forms in the West. Parikh skillfully blends details of bharatanatyam... with a simple and familiar plot that will resonate with all readers."
- Amina Chaudhri, BOOKLIST
"I absolutely loved this book. I have learned so many valuable lessons of life through dance. We all have felt what Devi does in this book at some point in our lives and it's so important to learn from these moments and grow as Devi learns to. I especially love seeing this story through the eyes of an Indian girl who loves to dance just like me and so many others. "
- Payal Kadakia, Entrepreneur, Dancer and Investor
(1) Hardcover copy of "Dancing Devi" with dust jacket