School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4-These series titles cover the same topics for each tribal group in question. They open with a brief description of the territorial homeland of the people. Then, short chapters describe the group's society, homes, food, clothing, crafts, family, children, myths, war, and contact with Europeans. Each one introduces an important person. In the first book, readers meet Yokiuma, whose personal mission was to preserve the Hopi culture; in the second, they are introduced to Inuit singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark. Finally, there is a brief discussion of the people today. The overall visual presentation of the material is highly attractive, with brightly colored illustrations, both drawings and photographs, accompanying the text. Their quality varies, but they are informative and well captioned. The texts are written in short, simple declarative sentences, making the information readily accessible to the targeted audience. Boldfaced type indicates a word that is contained in the glossary, although in many cases the narrative sufficiently conveys its meaning. Each book suggests a few child-friendly Web sites. Neither title has a bibliography or a list of suggested readings. In general, these books offer young children a positive view of American Indian cultures in a bright, accessible format.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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