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    9780593093900 9780593522189 Fixed format, EPUB 9780593610831 Downloadable audio file
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    Lexile measure: AD910L
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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: Available On Sale Date: Sep 13, 2022 Carton Quantity: 24
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Finding My Dance
By (author): Ria Thundercloud Illustrated by: Kalila J. Fuller
Ria Thundercloud ,

Illustrated by :

Kalila J. Fuller

Imprint:

Penguin Workshop

ISBN:

9780593093894

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

Children: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
Sep 13, 2022
$24.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

10.31in x 10.44 x 0.36 in | 1.09 lb

Page Count:

40 pages
Penguin Young Readers Group
Penguin Workshop
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage.

At four years old, Ria Thundercloud was brought into the powwow circle, ready to dance in the special jingle dress her mother made for her. As she grew up, she danced with her brothers all over Indian country. Then Ria learned more styles—tap, jazz, ballet—but still loved the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. And despite feeling different as one of the only Native American kids in her school, she always knew she could turn to dance to cheer herself up.    



Follow along as Ria shares her dance journey—from dreaming of her future to performing as a professional—accompanied by striking illustrations that depict it while bringing her graceful movements to life. 

Underrepresented voice: Ria Thundercloud is a professional dancer and choreographer from the Ho-chunk nation in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and Pueblo of Sandia just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico.



Autobiographical story: This picture book tells the true story of Ria’s experiences growing up and learning to dance, along with what it means to her. 



Striking, unique visuals: This is Kalila Fuller’s first picture book, and her stunning illustrations ensure it likely won’t be her last. Her artwork incorporates color and movement through a graphic style that feels fresh yet commercial.   



Ria Thundercloud (she/her) is from the Ho-Chunk Nation and Sandia Pueblo. She holds strong ties to her kinship in the Southwest and North, practicing both styles of traditional dance. She started training in classical dance at the age of thirteen, went professional at sixteen, and has traveled internationally as a cultural ambassador and professional dancer. Ria is a 2019 graduate from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Indigenous Liberal Studies and is a holistic yoga teacher from the Healing Lotus Center. Her art is influenced by the women who came before her, reclaiming stories of matriarchs that highlight the resilience and knowledge of Indigenous women.

Kalila J. Fuller (she/her) was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to draw inspiration from her childhood amongst the fir trees. She graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art with a degree in illustration. She loves dogs, watching cartoons, and drinking chai lattes.

Illustrator Hometown: Portland, Oregon

A School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Book of the Year!

★ “A warmly illustrated memoir of dance and culture, this will have broad appeal about using art for expression and to overcome difficulties.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“A moving picture book about the resilience one can find in one’s cultural inheritance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An inspiring story about following one’s passion.” —Booklist

“In a heartfelt, personal-feeling narrative, Thundercloud encapsulates many Indigenous traditions…” —Publishers Weekly

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