Fiddle Dancer

Authors: Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton
Illustrator: Sherry Farrell Racette

Fiddle Dancer portrays the relationship between a boy and his grandfather as the boy learns traditional Metis jigging. Told through vibrant pictures which are somewhat inconsistent in quality, some superb, some not quite, this well paced story features important content.  A much needed addition to the cultural content for Canadian schools.

Interest Level: Grade 2-4 Reading Level: Grade 3

Curriculum Area: Language Arts, Social Studies

Theme(s) Topic(s): Family, dancing, Métis life, New Year’s traditions, fiddle music

This book would be suitable for: ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials ✓Read-Aloud (Gr.) 2-5

Shining Willows 2009

Useful for teaching Métis culture/content, family relationships

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2 responses to “Fiddle Dancer

  1. Wilfred Burton

    Thank you for the review. We have now published the sequel to Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones. It continues where Mooshum and Nolin leave off in Fiddle Dancer.

    We learned a lot from publishing Fiddle Dancer and reading it to thousands of children so we hope Dancing In My Bones shows what we learned.

    The second printing of Fiddle Dancer now has the music for the Red River Jig and Big John McNeill on the CD. This was one of the criticisms initially, but it has been rectified in the second printing.

    • Susan Ens Funk

      I’ll be looking to purchase the sequel. We need these books for our Canadian kids to know where they come from. Thanks for letting me know.

      Sent from my iPhone

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