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Book Review/Giveaway: The Bamboo Dance. Ends Feb 18th

Christine and Aisha, co-owners and creators of the Independent Children’s Book Publishing Company,  


About Christine: One of Christine’s earliest memories as a child involves riding a small boat at Disney World. On that boat, she stared in amazement as little puppets sung “It’s a Small World” in different languages. Fast forward many years later, with a banking position, a budding writing career, and a family, Christine now joins her friend, Aisha, as they strive to raise globally minded children.

About Aisha: It was only a matter of time before Aisha got the inkling to start introducing her daughter to a “Cosmopolitan” life! Having lived inNew York city for most of her life, Aisha was quickly exposed to various ethnic cultures, which opened up her appetite for further exploration. AtNew YorkUniversity and later at law school, Aisha could be found visiting various locales including, Senegal,Paris, Amsterdam and the Caribbean. Motherhood is quickly becoming an extension of her global citizenship.

About the Author: Cress Sia grew up in the Philippines but spent a few years in the United States for some high school and college education. She is a pharmacist by day and a creative writer by night. She lives with her family in Cebu, Philippines.

About the Book: Meet Paco and Diego, two Filipino boys, as they learn to dance the tinikling, the national dance of thePhilippines. Along the way, they will learn that practice makes perfect, especially when you have the encouragement of your friend!

My Review: Bamboo Dance is a great book that introduces children to the culture of the Philippines.

While Paco and Diego were waiting to be picked up from school, they decided to go across the street to the strip of sari sari stores. They picked up some food and drinks and sat on a wooden bench outside the shop and ate silently while they watch some children in a near by parking lot with two dancers doing the tinkling dance. They remember learning the steps and decided to join them, but Diego was having problems keeping up with the beat as it speeds up. Would Diego let his friend Paco teach him how to dance?

Children can travel to another country by reading books from ‘Traveling The Globe One Book At A Time’ and learn about different cultures. This book comes with a passport and a welcome sticker. Learn the meaning of Tinikling the national dance of thePhilippines, Sari-Sari the small shops in wooden buildings and more.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Giveaway Rules


The Publisher will provide the winner with a copy

There will be 1 winner

This Giveaway is Open to the US ONLY.

Winner will be selected by

Giveaway Ends February 18th.

Comments like these would be deleted –  Great contest, Please enter me, Love to win this!, This is so cute!

1. Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.


This Giveaway Has Ended!

Winner is #1 – Catherine C


January 31, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book…love that it is interactive for children with the passport and stickers. I think it is important to teach children about diverse cultures and the fact that no matter what our backgrounds are, we can all be friends. I see a great lesson in this book about determination/persistence,friendship and believing that you can do what you set your mind to. Thanks for this recommendation and the great giveaway

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

    Comment by catherine c | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  2. Sounds like a wonderful book! I love the interactive-ness. Very neat idea ~ and I love how educational it is!

    Comment by lisa | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  3. This book would make a wonderful addition to my classroom. I enjoy sharing information about other cultures and countries with my students. Students are very receptive to these lessons, especially when it involves dancing! Thanks for offering!🙂

    Comment by Katie W. | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  4. This book sounds like it would be a great read. My little cousin ironically hates to dance…hates it. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

    Comment by krystallarson | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  5. The Bamboo Dance would be a fantastic book to share with my grandkids. The 2 older ones are at a school with several immigrant families and it is used as a teaching experience. The 3rd graders made a 2012 calendar – for each month they interviewed a native of 12 different countries and learned about the customs & history of the country. I think my granddaughters would enjoy the book becasue they just started dance lessons & are learning to express themselves that way.

    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    Comment by Teresa Young | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  6. One of my best friends was born in the Philippines and I would
    love to win this book for her to share with her grandchildren…
    How fabulous to introduce children to a country via a wonderful
    book. They may never get the chance to actually visit…
    Many thanks, Cindi

    Comment by Cindi | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  7. My daughter would love this book, she loves to dance. And what a great message, practice does make perfect. I love that it comes with a passport and a welcome sticker opening the imagination and “traveling” to another country. What better way to explore/travel than in a book?!email address kwalberg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Comment by Kelly | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  8. I study a different country across the globe each month in my PreK class and am always looking for country specific books that deal with “real” kids and real problems. I love that this book isn’t just about the country/culture, but about friendship and helping each other.


    Comment by Amy B | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  9. I enjoy sharing this kind of book with my students. This year in my library I am trying to open my students’ eyes to world around them. I want them to understand that while cultures differ, there are still similarities that help us connect with each other. This kind of book helps me do this.

    Comment by Heidi Grange | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  10. I love sharing multicultural books with my class! We live in such a predominately white town that is honestly “closed off” from others that this is one of the only ways they are introduced to different cultures ever!

    Comment by trista | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  11. The Bamboo Dance review makes the book sound great and relevant to our families for a couple reasons. We always enjoy learning about other cultures and since we are close with a Filipino family this book would give us more insight into their culture. I also like the fact that the character has to deal a conflict and figure out how to resolve it – that would be a great lesson to discuss with both my five and eight year olds.

    Comment by Laura S. | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  12. This sounds like a fun way to expand my little one’s sense of the world. We’re always looking for new multicultural books.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  13. We enjoy books that introduce my daughter to different cultures.

    Comment by Jeryl M. | February 2, 2012 | Reply

  14. This sounds like a great book for multicultural education that is so vital for kids today! I would love this as a future teacher!🙂

    Comment by Alex W. | February 2, 2012 | Reply

  15. I think it is so important that kids (and everyone really) learn about the world around them! This sounds like such a great book for kids since it can not only teach them life lessons, but also teach them about other cultures – it’s a win-win!

    Comment by Melissa | February 3, 2012 | Reply

  16. Our children are indeed groing in a ‘global’ world. The idea/concept this book has started is invaluable, especially for every parent who wants their child to strive in this ‘global’ environment!!! The fact is that we may all look ‘different’, but in fact, we can find many similarities in each of our cultures. I love it when children ‘see’ there is another world out there, not so much different than their own, and it’s great to see how inevitably they can identify and connect with each other. I like this book very much, and love the concept even better!!! I can only hope to see many diverse books like these in the near future!!! What a great library that would make!!🙂

    Comment by Aishah | February 7, 2012 | Reply

  17. Iwould like to read a story such as this,especially if it has information about a diferent culture.

    Comment by Carla Vespe | February 16, 2012 | Reply

  18. I would like to learn more about tinikling. I enjoy reading about different cultures, so I’ll definitely check out this book!

    Comment by Lily Kwan | February 18, 2012 | Reply

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