The Bamboo Dance


Written By Cress Sia, Illustrated By Lisa Butler

How exciting to take a trip to the Philippines!

In Hartlyn Kid’s new release; The Bamboo Dance, readers can visit a schoolyard in this country and meet two good friends, Paco and Diego.  It’s an exciting time as many of the children are learning to do a special dance with bamboo poles called the tinikling. It’s fun to watch and participate in, but requires fancy footwork in order to not get your feet stuck as the bamboo poles tap on the ground and then click together.

Paco is very good at the tinikling dance right away, but Diego finds it a bit more difficult.  In fact, he’s almost ready to give up trying.  Will his friend let him feel defeated, or can Paco find a way to help him succeed so they can both enjoy their new skill together?

The answer is in this beautifully illustrated, collage-style book that also shares many details of everyday life and fun in the Philipines.  Pick up this beautiful book to learn about friendship, fun, encouragement and a really exciting dance tradition called tinikling.