Book Review: Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art!

June 15, 2016

Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! by George Ancona
From Miss Sarah at Bellville Branch

"This book is a photo essay about capoeira which is a game, dance and martial art.  During the mid-1500s, the Portuguese brought slaves over to Brazil from Africa.  The slaves brought their ways of fighting with them but their owners felt threatened so the slaves had to conceal their fights with music to trick their owners.  Some slaves escaped and formed settlements called quilombos and developed current day capoeira.  After slaves were freed, some gangs started using capoeira so it was outlawed in 1890 then made legal again in 1930.  Mestre Bimba and Mestre Pastinha are the fathers of modern day capoeira.  Capoeira is taught and played all around the world including Brazil and the United States.

"The vibrant and lively photographs capture the excitement and uniqueness of capoeira that is engaging to the reader.  There is a glossary and pronunciation guide in the back of the book which is very helpful since capoeira has Portuguese terminology.  The author includes his sources which lets the reader know the information is accurate.  There is also a list of websites for the reader to learn more about capoeira which is a good way for kids to read informational text online.

"This interesting book could be used as a wonderful resource when learning about Brazil.  The Olympics begin later this summer on August 5th and go through August 21st, and are going to be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  The Summer Library Program theme this year is On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!  Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! fits nicely with the theme to encourage children to not only read but also get active.  The summer library program begins on Monday, June 6th and children can sign up anytime the library is open.  There will be many fun programs to attend and six different performers visiting the library this summer."

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