Lately, I have been very interested in reading books told in verse particularly because the story is told to highlight specific parts of the characters lives. A Time To Dance is a riveting story of Veda, a young dancer, a prodigy of the ancient dance form of Bharatanatyam. We explore Veda’s life as a dancer, how much her love for the art has jeopardized within her family. I found this part of the novel resonate with me a lot and I believe it can too for a lot of people. You love something so much because it makes you who you are—it is who you are–but your family’s expectations are hanging over your head. The way Padma brings Veda’s struggle onto the page is so clear and memorable.
As Veda takes us through her journey as a dancer we learn more about why she loves to dance, her hopes and dreams and what she already knows will take to achieve them. This is one of the books that I’ve read that has the best pacing. With each page I read, I learned more about Veda, about her life, her culture and family. As this is a novel told in verse, it was hard to put down. Each page is titled and gives you a hint of what is to come in the story and I love it. I think this helps in preparing the reader for the turn of events. I won’t spoil what happens because I’d like for you to check out A Time To Dance for yourself.
Know that this is an absolutely beautiful book that needs to be read! If there was a way to include this book in school curriculums please do. It’s a story of culture, family, love, loss, grief, resilience, and strength. Padma Venkatraman’s words are etched in my head from the way she uses sensory detail to bring the story to life, to the way she lets us see beyond what’s on the page and reflect in the world around us. It explores topics that will always be relevant—this book is timeless. I can’t wait to read more of Padma’s books.
I fully recommend this book. It’s such a beautiful story.
I received a copy of A Time To Dance by Padma Vankatraman as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 #ReadYourWorld
American author, Padma Venkatraman, has worked as chief scientist on oceanographic ships and spent time under the sea, directed a school, and lived in 5 countries. Her 3 novels, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were released to multiple starred reviews (12 altogether), and won numerous honors and awards (e.g. ALA, IRA Notable; Booklist, Kirkus, NYPL, Yalsa BBYA; CCBC choice; IBBY outstanding, etc.). She provides keynote addresses and commencement speeches, travels to international author festivals, serves on panels, does author visits and conducts workshops. Visit her at www.padmasbooks.blogspot.com and www.padmavenkatraman.com
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
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TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.
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