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Children's LiteratureAlice 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.