If You Lived with the Sioux Indians

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If you lived with the Sioux Indians
--Would you hunt for food?
--What kind of home would you live in?
--What would be the bravest thing you could do?

This book tells you what it was like to live as a Sioux Indian in North and South Dakota during the years 1800 to 1850.

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Overview

If you lived with the Sioux Indians
--Would you hunt for food?
--What kind of home would you live in?
--What would be the bravest thing you could do?

This book tells you what it was like to live as a Sioux Indian in North and South Dakota during the years 1800 to 1850.

Describes the daily life of the Sioux Indians--their clothing, food, games, customs, etc.--before and after the coming of the white man.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Basic facts about the Sioux Indians and their lives in the early 1800's are presented in a straightforward way. Their nomadic lifestyle is described, including the materials and structures of tepees and the tribe's dependence on the buffalo. Nothing of the buffalo was wasted. In addition to serving as the main source of their food supply, needles were made of bones and sinew became thread for sewing. Cups and spoons were made of horns and the stomach of the buffalo could be used for pots and for food storage. Activities of childhood, such as learning to swim and ride horses, are followed with accounts of the rites into adulthood, courting practices, and marriage rituals. Religious beliefs and worship were integral parts of the everyday lives of the Sioux. They enjoyed excellent health, exercising good habits, and following the advice of shamans—until the advent of the white man introduced many diseases previously unknown. Descriptions of their communication, and sometimes battles, with other tribes feature ways that Indians achieved honor among their people. The closing chapters present the deterioration of the traditional life of the Sioux and show the contrast from that to their present- day lives. Although the cover states that the book is "new and updated," its appeal for contemporary students may be limited. The question and answer format seems strained and artificial. The pastel illustrations, although informative, are static, lacking the action that children of today expect. A table of contents, an index, and a list of places to visit in North and South Dakota may be of value to young researchers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590451628
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: If You... Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 144,173
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author


Ann McGovern has been writing children's books for over 35 years. She has published over 45 titles including STONE SOUP, several books in the IF YOU LIVED.... series, and SCRAM, KID! (Viking, 1974), which won the Horn Book Award. McGovern spent part of her career at Scholastic, where she created the See-Saw Book Club. McGovern lives in New York City.
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