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Tari: The Little Balinese Dancer

Hardcover - 24 September 2013
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This colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book presents a touching story about a little girl and her love of Balinese dance.

Tari lives on the beautiful island of Bali with her family and friends. She lives a wonderful life, marked by all the things that make Bali special--the lively temple celebrations which occur regularly in her village, the gorgeous surroundings, the warm feelings of her Balinese neighbors, and, most importantly, dance.

Tari lives to dance. Just like her beloved grandmother, dance exists for both of them as a favorite art form. One day, Tari's grandmother gives her a special gift--but shortly after, she passes away. In a special ceremony, Tari and her family bid goodbye to her grandmother. Tari gives her grandmother the best gift she knows how to give--a perfect performance of a dance that her grandmother, too, performed when she was very young.

Intended for young girls who love to dance, Tari: The Little Balinese Dancer is a moving tale set on the tropical island of Bali, and it provides an excellent introduction to key aspects of Balinese culture. No matter what her ethnicity, young girls will easily relate to the special themes in this story, including the importance of family and the strong bonds of community, traditions such as the famous Legong dance, death of a family member, and the grieving process. Full of traditional Balinese Hindu beliefs, this story offers the message that kids all over the world are unified in the ways they feel about the people and things they love.

Customer Reviews

2 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 28 November 2017
Beautiful book, but a bit sad
By: Angela Chang

This a beautiful book about Tari, a girl who lives in Bali and her journey to become a little dancer. The illustration in the book is Indonesian-drawing style and very beautiful. However, the story is a bit sad. It tells about Tari and her Grandmother's relationship and how she watched her Grandma danced all the time. However, her Grandma died and Tari danced in a special ceremony to honor her Grandma. I think that the story has potential, but it kind of lack the depth regarding how Tari deals with her sadness and losing someone she loved. It was all very fast paced. The book is great in introducing kids about the Bali lifestyle and traditional, but you must also keep in mind that it also deals with the topic of death and loss.

2 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 30 January 2015
A beautiful introduction for kids to Bali and its culture
By: Flowering Minds

A beautiful introduction for kids to Bali and its culture. The book isn’t so much a story about Balinese dancing as it is about the Balinese way of life. I especially enjoyed learning about how the Bali homes are said to be laid out in the order of a human body – head is the temple area while the kitchen and garbage area are near the feet. Another interesting tidbit, all temples face the volcano at the center of the island.

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