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CAPOEIRA — it's a game, a dance, a martial art! It's a way of expressing oneself through movement and music. With action-packed photographs and accessible text, readers are introduced to this exciting, popular game.

At Madinga Academy in Oakland, California, a group of girls and boys practice the acrobatic moves of capoeira. Then they begin to play games to the infectious, rhythmic beat of traditional music and singing.

On to Brazil to experience capoeira in its historic birthplace, where it dates back four hundred years. Capoeira developed as a way of fighting among enslaved Africans, was outlawed the the government, and was permitted once again in 1930 as a martial art and game.

Back in Oakland, at an end-of-year ceremony, students receive their colored ropes indicating their levels of accomplishment. They also look forward to next year, and the fun of expressing themselves through the game, dance and martial art of capoeira.

Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art!

by George Ancona

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 The photos in this book show children, teens and adults playing the martial art capoeira, a sport in which the players do not touch each other, and only their hands, feet—and sometimes their heads—touch the ground. Combining elements of dance and music, capoeira games are accompanied by traditional instruments.

Once banned in Brazil, capoeira is now played the world over, though it still retains its Brazilian roots. A glossary of Portuguese terms is included.

The action-packed photographs pull readers into this book where they can dip in at any point to learn more about the history, the moves, the schools and the traditional instruments used to accompany capoeira. A book reluctant readers will enjoy!


Reading Level: 8.6 (6.5-10.4). 


Also good for reluctant readers.


Of interest to boys and girls.

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A small lithograph shows bare-breasted African women, not graphic

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