Alice Yazzie's Year

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He is a buffalo out of Montana. He has humped shoulders and slits for eyes. . . . Just remember, old blossom eater, you can stare down the wind. This old rodeo ain't everything.

Alice Yazzie is eleven, going on twelve, and with each month that passes she is beginning to see, beginning to feel. In January, she carries the smallest lamb into the hogan, because "He's all new and starry. He's too new to be cold." In July, she walks to market. "Six miles for cupcakes and strawberry ...

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Overview

He is a buffalo out of Montana. He has humped shoulders and slits for eyes. . . . Just remember, old blossom eater, you can stare down the wind. This old rodeo ain't everything.

Alice Yazzie is eleven, going on twelve, and with each month that passes she is beginning to see, beginning to feel. In January, she carries the smallest lamb into the hogan, because "He's all new and starry. He's too new to be cold." In July, she walks to market. "Six miles for cupcakes and strawberry pop!" In October, she is learning to sew, staying in recesses, "whipping and stitching" a costume like no one else's. And in December, Alice is sure Grandfather Tsosie has made her a bracelet, "Blue and silver-the way the world is."

New edition showcases renowned Navajo illustrator.

Thoroughly engaging and spirited female character.

Afterword provides insight into Navajo culture and symbols.

Perfect addition to Native American collections.

Describes each month of a year in the life of an eleven-year-old Navajo girl, Alice Yazzie, from January, Yas Nilt'ees, to December, Nilch'itsoh.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Alice Yazzie lives in a hogan on a mesa on Black Mountain. She and her grandfather blend native Navajo customs into their lives as they also recognize holidays and current events. Vivid poems depict the cold January weather, the changing scene of the landscape, and the abiding love shared by Alice and Grandfather Tsosie. Highlights of Alice's year include her care for a baby lamb, a trip to Disneyland, an encounter with a caged buffalo at the rodeo, her friendship with Jimmy Benally and his part coyote pup, a disappointing visit to a church school class, a Halloween party, a reflection on Thanksgiving, and an ongoing enthusiasm for life. A rug made by Alice's grandmother hangs by her bed and helps keep her grounded in her heritage. Notes written by Carl N. Gorman about the Navajo ways of life and explanations of the Navajo names of the months appear at the back of the book, providing further insights into this culture. Begay's richly textured paintings convey the beauty and perseverance of the Navaho people. 2003, Tricycle Press, Ages 8 to 14.
— Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This new edition of a book originally published in 1977 (Coward; o.p.) and illustrated by Stephen Gammell chronicles a year in the life of an 11-year-old Navajo girl in spare, poetic language. Alice, who lives with her Grandfather Tsosie in a traditional hogan, starts her narrative in January. She describes the cold and how it affects their livestock, especially a lamb that must be brought inside for the night. Each month is introduced by both its English and Navajo name, followed by a passage that reflects Alice's reality. Many of her meditations are clearly influenced by the turning of the year, although others, like a visit to Disneyland and the accidental death of a friend, recount the events of her life. Clearly meant for older readers despite the picture-book format, the book compares a buffalo's eyes to "a drunk bronc rider's," which may make the intended audience even less certain. Begay's illustrations are wonderfully textured and infused with the colors of the Southwest. For some children, the artwork may be more revealing of traditional Navajo lifestyles than the pared down, almost stream-of-consciousness text. Purchase where supplemental materials on Native American culture are needed.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582460802
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

RAMONA MAHER was an award-winning novelist and poet who lived in the Southwest.

SHONTO BEGAY is a fine artist who has written, illustrated, or edited more than a dozen books including The Mud Pony. He lives in northeast Arizona in Navajo country.

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January YAS NILT'EES

The snow slowed the world,
the Navajo world.
"Go see if the sheep are fine,"
Grandfather Tsosie tells Alice Yazzie.
"The hay is frozen and so is the ground," says Alice, returning.
"The horses look like they blame me for causing this cold."
Her nose red, her chin buried in sheepskin,
she carries the smallest lamb into the hogan.
"Just for the night," says Alice Yazzie holding the lamb.
"He's all new and starry.
He's too new to be cold."
Grandfather grunts.
He doesn't say no.

Alice heats milk in a bottle over burning pinyon.
Grandfather watches.
The new lamb sucks.
The pinyon burns low.
The lamb goes to sleep.
His nose is a black star.

"It is cold out there," Alice tells Grandfather as she goes to bed.
Grandfather nods.
He wears a red fl annel shirt Alice gave him for Christmas.
He looks at the low fi re.
He looks at the lamb.
Grandfather says to Alice Yazzie,
to Alice Ben Yazzie,
"It was almost this cold the night you were born."

February ATSÁ BIYÁÁZH

Alice Yazzie waits in the snow for the yellow bus.
Yellow bus takes kids to school,
to the picture shows,
to the doctor for shots,
past the black earth strip mined for power--
the kind of power that white people know.
It hums through big wires across Black Mountain,
across red canyons.
It isn't the power that Grandfather knows,
thinks Alice Ben Yazzie.
White Shell Woman told him soon they will leave:
the men and earth movers.
"Rainbows will come back," Grandfather says.
"Blue Corn Woman promises we shall have the land back.
All this will be ours."

The bus is late.
Alice watches the poles and transformers,
the big caterpillars grinding the earth.
Will they leave too late, wonders Alice Yazzie.
Will Grandfather travel to the spirit world with the snow all dirty?
Will Dawn Boy find him?
Will the world grow clear?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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