Fandex Family Field Guides American Indians

Fandex Family Field Guides American Indians

by Fandex Family Field Guides, Liz Hill
     
 

American Indians:

Crazy Horse, Kennewick Man, Navajo code talkers, and Geronimo, the unyielding Apache rebel. Fandex American Indians introduces 50 North American tribes through their people, history, myths and culture.

Legendary figures, from the Ottowa chief Pontiac to the Lakota warrior and mystic Sitting Bull. Events of great historical

Overview

American Indians:

Crazy Horse, Kennewick Man, Navajo code talkers, and Geronimo, the unyielding Apache rebel. Fandex American Indians introduces 50 North American tribes through their people, history, myths and culture.

Legendary figures, from the Ottowa chief Pontiac to the Lakota warrior and mystic Sitting Bull. Events of great historical moments—the tragic Cherokee Trail of Tears. And the tribes themselves, including the first native people to encounter Europeans—the Inuit, believed to have had contact with the Vikings around A.D 984. It's a coast-to-coast visual encyclopedia, filled with portraits, historical photographs, artifacts, tribal artwork, and lithographs.

  • 50 INDIDIVIDUALLY DIE-CUT CARDS
  • FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
  • KNOWLEDGE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
  • FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Part of the "Fandex Family Field Guides" series, this "volume" introduces young readers to fifty Native American tribes currently living in the United States. The special Fandex format is made up of fifty-four cardboard leaves that are held together at the bottom by a small metal stud. The bottom two-thirds of each leaf has a rectangular shape, while the top third is shaped like the outline of illustrations depicting relevant people or objects. The metal stud allows the leaves to open out into a fan shape. There is one leaf per tribe, plus leaves forming front and back covers, and two leaves providing an introduction. The introduction presents some basic historical and cultural information concerning Native Americans in the United States. Each tribal leaf has text on both sides and at least one small color illustration on the under side. The larger illustrations, on the tops of the front sides of the leaves from predominately historical sources, offer a variety of artistic styles. Some are old drawings or paintings, while others are old photos. Most are in color. There are several modern photos and paintings. All of the illustrations have captions. The main text of each leaf begins with a pre-text of two sentences, first telling what the tribe calls itself and its meaning, followed by its current location. The tribes are arranged geographically, from east to west. The Apache leaf seems out of place, since it is not grouped with the other southwest tribes. This Fandex offers a variety of tribes that is wider than some introductory books, including some groups like the Yaqui and Tohono O'odham that are often neglected. I noticed that the name preferred by the Yaqui, "Yoeme," is notincluded. Each leaf presents some basic historical and cultural information and touches on current issues, but the very limited format makes it difficult to avoid being superficial and sometimes misleading. Although this colorful and unique format seems fun and appealing at first glance, it is actually very awkward and clumsy to use. Once you fold out the leaves it is difficult to fold them up again evenly. It is also hard to read the undersides of the leaves and hard to read the last sentence or so on each leaf. All of this makes it very frustrating for the serious reader (or reviewer) to actually read the Fandex. It is also rather difficult to imagine who the intended audience is. The fun format might appeal to younger readers but the print is small and the vocabulary more appropriate for older readers. Its awkward format probably makes it problematic for library or classroom use. It is better for family use, especially a patient-not-easily-frustrated family. An index and a carrying box are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761125839
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/12/2002
Series:
Fandex Family Field Guides Ser.
Pages:
50
Sales rank:
620,419
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 10.72(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
IG1210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

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