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Summary: The author characterizes this book as a “collection of short stories, songs, dreams, and quotations that shed light on the wonderful relationship that native American peoples had with the natural world." The narrative/prose is complemented by authentic renderings of Native American art. This book is a tribute to Native Americans, to their repect for nature, and their way of life.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Reading Level: 6.3
Age of Child: Review pending.
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: For more than forty years Paul Goble has been involved with the Plains Indians. His work demonstrates the deep respect he has for Native Americans and their way of life. It is a treat to read really good stuff.
Pros: This book is filled with interesting stories and wonderful graphics about Native Americans' relationship with nature. An individual reader, interested in Native American history and culture, will be captivated with the stories and drawings.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you are interested in Native American culture, this is a key resource, whether you're reading alone or want to use it for group discussion.
Educational Themes: This is an authentic resource for learning about Native Americans and their culture. The stories and the illustrations are perfect attention getters and conversation starters.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, history, fables and folklore, Native Americans, Cultures and Tradition
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008
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