- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Lee & Low Books (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584302682
- ISBN-13: 978-1584302681
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,413,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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Starred Review. Grade 2–6—Full-color photos and lively text introduce a sport that "combines dance, music, and acrobatics with fighting techniques." Action-packed pictures of capoeiristas—people who play capoeira—in both the United States and Brazil make this an eye-catching title. Ancona explains the basics of the game before delving into its history, helping readers with no background on the subject gain an understanding of the art before putting it into context. His discussion of the beginnings of capoeira, which was developed primarily by African slaves brought to Brazil. Short biographies of the two founders of the sport's most common modern schools are presented before returning to modern photographs that show some of the differences in styles of play. The participants represent a wide range of ages and ethnicities, reflecting the game's multicultural heritage. A glossary offers pronunciations and definitions for Portuguese words, which are also defined in the narrative. An excellent purchase for libraries that serve Brazilian populations or communities in which martial arts are popular.—Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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Rooted in acrobatic fighting techniques developed by African slaves in Brazil, Capoeira is a cultural tradition that is increasingly popular in the U.S. Ancona's photographic introduction to the movements and music that characterize Capoeira begins at a Capoeira academy in Oakland, California, and vivid, color photographs show a class of young, multicultural students practicing basic moves of offense and defense. As the subtitle implies, Capoeira--part game, part dance, part martial art--is difficult to define, and even with Ancona's clear, uncomplicated words and engaging, step-by-step photographs of young capoeristas in action, readers may still struggle to grasp exactly what Capoeira is. Still, Ancona's photos give a sense of the complex, cartwheeling grace of its movements, and his enthusiasm and awe for his subject is contagious. Concise sections about Capoeira's history and its practice in contemporary Brazil, as well as a glossary of Portuguese phrases and a list of Capoeira resources, deepen this welcome, attractive title on a rarely covered subject of growing interest to many kids. Gillian Engberg
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Ancona also takes us to Brazil and shows the impact of Capoeira on the Brazilian culture today. From the slums and beaches to actual Capoeira academies, we see vibrant photographs of kids of all ages and walks of life practicing this amazing art. A few years ago, I spent four months teaching English in Brazil and was fortunate enough to see Capoeira being played on the streets. While nothing can compare to seeing it in person, Ancona's book gives us a vivid picture and interesting history of the art.
"Capoeira" has beautiful color photographs and is well written. In this short book, George Ancona covers all the basic concepts of capoeira. Importantly, he touches on the fact that capoeira is as much an aesthetic as a series of martial art moves. I cannot imagine a better written, grade appropriate introduction to the art of capoeira. Highly recommended.